Accident Beechcraft D55 Baron VH-ILG, 02 Aug 1970
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 217541
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Time:c. 12:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic BE55 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Beechcraft D55 Baron
Owner/operator:Aerial Tours
Registration: VH-ILG
MSN: TE-713
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:between Balimo and Nomad River -   Papua New Guinea
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Balimo
Destination airport:Nomad River
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
The aircraft operated on a VFR-flight from Port Moresby to Nomad River, PNG. The pilot decided to divert to Balimo due to poor weather en route. At 11:31 hours the pilot called Port Moresby to report that he was taxiing at Balimo, again bound for Nomad River, and stated that his cruising altitude would be below 5,000 feet, the time interval would be 40 minutes and that the aircraft's endurance was 278 minutes. Five minutes later the pilot called again to report that the aircraft had departed Balimo at 11:35. No further transmissions were received from the aircraft and it subsequently did not reach its destination.
The wreckage was located five days later some 1450 feet AMSL on the north-western side of a ridge in a small group of hills.

The cause of this accident was that the pilot, while operating at a height which did not ensure an adequate terrain clearance would be available at all times, proceeded into weather conditions in which a safe visual reference to the ground could not be maintained.


2. Aviation Safety Digest, March 1971
3. Janic Geelen, NZ.


Photo: BASI

Revision history:

10-Nov-2018 17:01 harro Added
04-Dec-2021 02:12 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source]
18-Nov-2022 10:01 Ron Averes Updated [Aircraft type, Cn]

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