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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 228586
Last updated: 29 March 2021
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Time:16:50 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT5T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Air Tractor AT-502B
Owner/operator:Moresby Aviation - Ramu Agri Industries
Registration: P2-SET
C/n / msn: 502B-0255
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gulf of Papua -   Papua New Guinea
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Daru
Destination airport:Gusap
The Air Tractor aircraft was positioning from Australia. It departed Daru at 09:40. The last known radio broadcast from the pilot was at 10:11 when the pilot reported flying at 9,000 ft. No further communications were heard from the aircraft.

An Australian SAR Challenger 604 search and rescue aircraft searched the area. Parts of the aircraft and aircraft equipment has been located. No sign of pilot. The weather in the area is below that for VFR flight with rain and low cloud. Weather has been poor for a few weeks. Aircraft wreckage located in river.

The weather conditions in the accident area included torrential rain, cloud and fog. Visibility was poor.
The pilot obtained weather information from local contacts which was not an approved source as per
RAIL Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). Furthermore, while enroute, the weather deteriorated and
the pilot inadvertently flew into cloud, rain and fog.
The pilot flew at very low altitude in adverse weather conditions, likely to maintain or regain visual
reference and subsequently impacted trees.


PNG media ex.VH-SET. National newspapers

Revision history:

29-Aug-2019 12:14 Petropavlovsk Added
29-Aug-2019 14:29 Geno Updated [Source]
29-Aug-2019 14:55 Petropavlovsk Updated [Operator, Narrative]
29-Aug-2019 14:55 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Damage]
29-Aug-2019 16:51 A.J.Scholten Updated [Source]
30-Aug-2019 05:37 Petropavlovsk Updated [Total fatalities, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Aug-2019 05:53 Petropavlovsk Updated [Damage, Narrative]
31-Aug-2019 19:06 Anon. Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport]
07-Sep-2019 14:38 Geno Updated [Source]
07-Sep-2019 17:08 Geno Updated [Source]
08-Sep-2019 17:16 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Nature, Source, Narrative]
13-Sep-2019 13:26 Petropavlovsk Updated [Time, Operator, Source]
11-Jan-2021 17:52 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]

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