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Last updated: 19 November 2018
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Date:Thursday 1 July 1993
Type:Silhouette image of generic F28 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fokker F-28 Fellowship 3000
Operator:Merpati Nusantara Airlines
Registration: PK-GFU
C/n / msn: 11131
First flight: 1978-04-05 (15 years 3 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 39
Total:Fatalities: 41 / Occupants: 43
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:ca 0,9 km NE of Sorong-Jefman Airport (SOQ) (   Indonesia)
Crash site elevation: 3 m (10 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Ambon-Pattimura Airport (AMQ/WAPP), Indonesia
Destination airport:Sorong-Jefman Airport (SOQ/WASS), Indonesia
Flightnumber:MZ724
Narrative:
A Fokker F-28 jet, operated by Merpati Nusantara Airlines on a flight from Ambon to Sorong, Indonesia, was destroyed in an accident near Sorong-Jefman Airport. Just two of the 43 occupants survived the crash.
The aircraft was performing an NDB approach to runway 22 when it struck rocks at 3000 feet short of the runway. It broke up and came to rest on a rocky beach.
It was raining heavily at the time of the accident.

Classification:

Sources:
» Scramble 170
» Flight 21-27 July, 1993


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Distance from Ambon-Pattimura Airport to Sorong-Jefman Airport as the crow flies is 455 km (285 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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