Narrative:The Airlink Bandeirante departed Nadzab at 08:20 for a flight to Goroka.
|Date:||Thursday 17 June 1999|
|Type:||Embraer 110P2 Bandeirante|
|C/n / msn:|| 110210|
|First flight:|| 1979|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15|
|Total:||Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||20 km (12.5 mls) ESE of Goroka (Papua New Guinea)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Lae-Nadzab Airport (LAE/AYNZ), Papua New Guinea|
|Destination airport:||Goroka Airport (GKA/AYGA), Papua New Guinea|
While descending for Goroka at 08:52 the aircraft crashed. The wreck was spotted by a helicopter at about 11:00 at an altitude of 8500 feet.
This is the second fatal crash involving Airlink in less than a year. In January 1999, a Britten Norman Islander crashed soon after take-off from Hoskins killing all 11 people on board.
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VH-WDF was sold to Airlink in June 1994.
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 Lae-Nadzab Airport to Goroka Airport as the crow flies is 156 km (98 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.