Accident Beechcraft C55 Baron P2-GKN,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 174593
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Date:Saturday 19 July 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE55 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft C55 Baron
Registration: P2-GKN
MSN: TE-25
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Tari Gap, Southern Highlands -   Papua New Guinea
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Tari (AYTA)
Destination airport:Mendi (AYMN)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
While en-route from Tari to Mendi the pilot reported experiencing "weather problems" before crashing about 20 km south-east of Tari, in the Tari Gap. The pilot, Raymond Leslie Hoffman (42), and all 5 passengers, including the Premier of Southern Highlands Province, were killed. Additionally, a member of the search team, Kerry Frances Foley (30) was killed when she was hit by the propeller of a BN2A Islander at Mt Hagen in preparation for the search for the Baron.


PNG Post-Courier, 21 July 1980, page 1,
PNG Post-Courier, 17 December 1980, page 3,
The Canberra Times 21 July 1980, page 3.
Balus, vol. III, page 157.

Revision history:

16-Mar-2015 20:53 gerard57 Added
02-Jan-2016 13:56 harro Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Nature, Source]
02-Oct-2019 19:01 TB Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source]
02-Oct-2019 19:02 TB Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
11-Jun-2022 07:54 Turbulator Updated [Date, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Nov-2022 10:03 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type]
26-Jun-2023 05:00 Ron Averes Updated [[Aircraft type]]

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