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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 26332
Last updated: 6 March 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PC6T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Pilatus PC-6/B-H2 Turbo Porter
Owner/operator:Papuan Air Transport (Patair)
Registration: VH-PNF
C/n / msn: 580
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Terapo Mission -   Papua New Guinea
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Terapo Airstrip (TEO)
Destination airport:Terapo Airstrip (TEO)
Taking off from Terapo, Papua, the Pilatus Porter climbed rapidly immediately it became airborne, assuming an increasing nose-up attitude, until it stalled and dived to the ground. The aircraft was almost completely destroyed by impact, the pilot was seriously injured and the only other occupant sustained minor injuries.
The aircraft, named "Mount Lamington" operated on its first commercial (air drop) flight in the Kanabea area. Pilot Hodson Trevor Howse seriously injured. Passenger Sir Ebia Olewale (priest) slightly injured.

The cause of the accident was that the pilot neglected to set the tailplane trim to a position appropriate for the take-off and thereafter did
not maintain control of the aircraft in the pitching plane by the means which were available to him.

Aviation Safety Digest December 1966


Photo: Department of Civii Aviation, Australia

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
08-Nov-2010 15:20 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Source, Damage, Narrative]
09-Nov-2010 04:24 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
18-Nov-2010 13:36 TB Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Narrative]
18-Nov-2010 13:55 TB Updated [Total occupants, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Nov-2018 19:03 harro Updated [Source, Narrative, Photo]

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