Accident description
Last updated: 22 December 2014
Status:Final
Date:Friday 30 March 2007
Time:05:23
Type:Embraer 110P1 Bandeirante
Operator:Airlink
Registration: P2-ALU
C/n / msn: 110232
First flight: 1979
Total airframe hrs:39962
Cycles:43756
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:27 km (16.9 mls) E of Kandrian (   Papua New Guinea) show on map
Crash site elevation: 238 m (781 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Port Moresby-Jackson Field (POM/AYPY), Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:Hoskins Airport (HKN), Papua New Guinea
Flightnumber: 304
Narrative:
An Embraer 110 Bandeirante was destroyed when it impacted terrain near Kandrian, Papua New Guinea. Both pilots were killed.
The airplane, registered P2-ALU, departed Jackson’s Airport, Port Moresby, at 04:02 on a freight run with newspapers and general cargo. The flight was due to land at Hoskins and Rabaul. An area forecast for the flight indicated that there were areas of rain and scattered cloud from 1500-5000 feet with deteriorating conditions forecast for the period between 0400-0800 hours.
Last radio contact with the flight was at 05:06 when the crew advised Port Moresby Flight Service that they were overhead Maran.
The airplane was declared missing when it failed to arrive at Hoskins and the wreckage was located later that day in a wooded area at an elevation of 238 m.
An investigation revealed that the right engine had been shut down and the fire extinguisher for the engine had been activated. However, there was no evidence of in-flight fire in the engine. The airplane descended below the en-route lowest safe altitude of 8,300 feet. At some point the undercarriage was extended. In total darkness, at 05:23, the airplane struck tree tops on gentle sloping terrain. The right wing broke off and the aircraft slid for another 300 m before coming to rest.


The reason the crew were unable to maintain level flight above the en-route lowest safe altitude with one engine inoperative, and subsequently impacted terrain, could not be determined.

Sources:
» Pilots killed in air crash (Post-Courier, 2-4-2007)

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Accident Investigation Commission (AIC) - Papua New Guinea
report status: Final
report number: AIC 07-1002
report released:10-NOV-2014
duration of investigation:2782 days (7 years 7.6 months)
download report: AIC 07-1002
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Follow-up / safety actions

PNG AIC issued 2 Safety Recommendations

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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 Port Moresby-Jackson Field to Hoskins Airport as the crow flies is 563 km (352 miles).

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