ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47B-15-DK (DC-3) VH-PNB Madang Airport (MAG)
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Date:Tuesday 11 April 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-15-DK (DC-3)
Operating for:Trans Australia Airlines - TAA
Leased from:Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea
Registration: VH-PNB
MSN: 26789/15344
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Madang Airport (MAG) (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Madang Airport (MAG/AYMD), Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:Mendi Airport (MDU/AYMN), Papua New Guinea
A C-47 transport plane was chartered to fly cargo from Madang to Mendi, Papua New Guinea. On the approach hydraulics were lost and the plane returned to Madang.
The plane was going to run off the end of the strip into Madang harbour, so the pilots pulled the pin on the rear wheel which caused the aircraft to veer to the left and into the mangroves.
The C-47 was withdrawn from use at Madang. It was used for fire practices and scrapped in 1978.

Runway excursion

» PNGAA Library - Madang Airport 1973: Bruce O'Reilly
» PPRuNe Forums
» E-mail Graeme Strempel (2013-09-20)


photo of Douglas-C-47B-15-DK-VH-PNB
accident date: 11-04-1972
type: Douglas C-47B-15-DK (DC-3)
registration: VH-PNB

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 Madang Airport to Mendi Airport as the crow flies is 257 km (161 miles).

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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