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Last updated: 21 November 2018
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Date:Tuesday 9 July 1996
Time:16:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Operator:Milne Bay Air
Registration: P2-MBB
C/n / msn: 290
First flight: 1970
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:8 km (5 mls) NE of Mendi Airport (MDU) (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bosavi Airstrip, Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:Mendi Airport (MDU/AYMN), Papua New Guinea
Narrative:
The Twin Otter struck a mountain in clouds and rain at an altitude of 9200 feet.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Manila Standard - Jul 11, 1996
» AVWeb 96-28
» Scramble 210


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photo of de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 C-FZKP
C-FZKP was sold as N442CA in November 1990 and moved to P2-MBB in November 1995
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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 Bosavi Airstrip to Mendi Airport as the crow flies is 96 km (60 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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