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Last updated: 8 May 2021
Date:Monday 5 November 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander
Operator:Douglas Airways
Registration: P2-ATU
MSN: 119
First flight: 1969-10-10 (10 years )
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Huabango (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Kerema Airport (KMA/AYKM), Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:Kaintiba Airport (KZF/AYKT), Papua New Guinea
The aircraft flew about 6 km beyond the destination and was observed entering Hawabanga (or Huabango) valley at a very low altitude, and at least 1500 feet below the cloud base.
The height at which the aircraft entered, a safe turn around to exit the valley was beyond the performance capability of the aircraft. It struck trees in a steep banking attitude and crashed.
Three persons, all of them passengers including a missionary, Brother Steven Richmond, were killed and seven others including the pilot, Phil Anderson, were injured. The pilot was mking his first solo flight on the accident route.

» Papua New Guinea Post-Courier 23 Nov 1979


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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 Kerema Airport to Kaintiba Airport as the crow flies is 59 km (37 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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