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Last updated: 18 November 2017
Datum:Donnerstag 23 Dezember 1993
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander
Fluggesellschaft:Rimbunan Hijau
Kennzeichen: P2-ISR
Werknummer: 15
Baujahr: 1968-02-01 (25 years 11 months)
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Mount Hagen (   Papua Neuguinea)
Flugphase: Anfangssteigflug (ICL)
Flug von:Mount Hagen-Kagamuga Airport (HGU/AYMH), Papua Neuguinea
Flug nach:Kamusi Airport (KUY), Papua Neuguinea
The Islander carried vegetables when it departed Mount Hagen's runway 30 for Kamusi. The takeoff roll acceleration seemed a little sluggish but this was
attributed to the density altitude (Mount Hagen Airport is located at an elevation of 5600 feet (ca 1710 m) and the load. The airplane climbed slowly to an altitude of about 100 feet agl. Loss of engine power forced the pilot to carry out a crash-landing straight ahead, after having turned left onto a heading of approx 280 °. The aircraft struck the ground heavily (approx .50 knots) and bounce/skidded about 80 metres before the nose bulkhead came to rest against a creek bank.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "No definite conclusion can be reached as to why the aircraft performed so poorly, but from a hypothetical point of view a combination of some of the following could lead to the events that occurred :
1. Substantial inadvertent overload.
2. Mixture excessively rich.
3. Carburettor heat inadvertently selected to hot for takeoff.
4. Aircraft encountered an area of subtle downdraft/downflowing airstream.
5. Propeller controls not set for maximum RPM ."

» E-mail Peter McGee, 7-1-2007
» PNG Department of Civil Aviation report AS/93/1023


photo of Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander VH-AIA
VH-AIA was sold to Solair late 1978 and was taken over by Talair in March 1979 as P2-ISR.
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Mount Hagen-Kagamuga Airport to Kamusi Airport as the crow flies is 219 km (137 miles).

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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