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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 217536
Last updated: 8 June 2020
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Time:c. 08:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-23-250 Aztec
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:4 mls N of Gurney -   Papua New Guinea
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Gurney
Destination airport:Esa'ala
Soon after departing from Gurney in eastern Papua, on a charter flight to Esa'ala on Normanby Island, a Piper Aztec failed to out-climb a saddle in a mountain ridge that lay across its path and crashed on the mountain slopes in dense jungle. The pilot and the eight passengers on board were killed and the aircraft was destroyed.

The probable cause of the accident was that the pilot who was inexperienced in the operational circumstances which pertained, did not make a timely decision to turn away from rising terrain when it should have been apparent that the aircraft could not clear it.


Party likely to reach plane today - Papua New Guinea Post-Courier
Aviation Safety Digest Nov. 1970


Photo: BASI

Revision history:

10-Nov-2018 15:43 harro Added

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