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Date:Wednesday 28 February 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 100
Operator:Merpati Nusantara Airlines
Registration: PK-NUC
C/n / msn: 70
First flight: 1967
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-20
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:45 km (28.1 mls) E of Nabire (   Indonesia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Nabire Airport (NBX/WABI), Indonesia
Destination airport:Enarotali Airport (EWI/WABT), Indonesia
Narrative:
The DHC-6 Twin Otter crashed on a domestic flight from Nabire to Enarotali in Irian Jaya, Indonesia.
The wreckage was located on March 4, 1973.

Sources:
» Papua New Guinea Post-Courier, 5 March 1973


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Distance from Nabire Airport to Enarotali Airport as the crow flies is 114 km (71 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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