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Accident description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
Status:
Date:Thursday 17 June 1999
Time:08:52
Type:Silhouette image of generic E110 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Embraer EMB-110P2 Bandeirante
Operator:Airlink
Registration: P2-ALX
C/n / msn: 110210
First flight: 1979
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 17
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:20 km (12.5 mls) ESE of Goroka (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Lae-Nadzab Airport (LAE/AYNZ), Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:Goroka Airport (GKA/AYGA), Papua New Guinea
Narrative:
The Airlink Bandeirante departed Nadzab at 08:20 for a flight to Goroka.
While descending for Goroka at 08:52 the aircraft crashed. The wreck was spotted by a helicopter at about 11:00 at an altitude of 8500 feet.
This is the second fatal crash involving Airlink in less than a year. In January 1999, a Britten Norman Islander crashed soon after takeoff from Hoskins killing all 11 people on board.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» bsmith@octa4.net.au
» PNG Independent Online
» Post Courier
» The Age
» Tommy Maurer


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photo of Embraer 110P2 Bandeirante VH-WDF
VH-WDF was sold to Airlink in June 1994.
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Map
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 Lae-Nadzab Airport to Goroka Airport as the crow flies is 156 km (98 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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