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Hijacking description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
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Date:Saturday 28 August 1999
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter
Operator:MAF PNG - Mission Aviation Fellowship
Registration: registration unknown
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 19
Airplane damage: Unknown
Location:Kopiago, Fugwa (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kopiago Airport (KPA/AYKG), Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
On the ground at Kopiago Airport (KPA) a DHC-6 Twin Otter was being prepared for departure. Five men armed with knives, small caliber handguns, and shotguns arrived. The pilot was forced into the plane and was made to fly with the gunmen and the other passengers to Fugwa, a closed airstrip at Fugwa, located about 20 nm south. Hijackers in the rear of the plane robbed the passengers by forcing them to lie down while they searched through their clothes. At Fugwa the men fled the plane.

Classification:
Hijack
Hijacker(s) escaped

Sources:
» Criminal Acts Against Civil Aviation 1999 / FAA, Office of Civil Aviation Security


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