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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Date:Friday 30 March 2007
Type:Silhouette image of generic E110 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante
Registration: P2-ALU
C/n / msn: 110232
First flight: 1979
Total airframe hrs:39962
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:27 km (16.9 mls) E of Kandrian (   Papua New Guinea)
Crash site elevation: 238 m (781 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Port Moresby-Jackson Field (POM/AYPY), Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:Hoskins Airport (HKN/AYHK), Papua New Guinea
Flightnumber: 304
An Embraer 110 Bandeirante was destroyed when it impacted terrain near Kandrian, Papua New Guinea. Both pilots were killed.
The airplane, registered P2-ALU, departed Jackson’s Airport, Port Moresby, at 04:02 on a freight run with newspapers and general cargo. The flight was due to land at Hoskins and Rabaul. An area forecast for the flight indicated that there were areas of rain and scattered cloud from 1500-5000 feet with deteriorating conditions forecast for the period between 0400-0800 hours.
Last radio contact with the flight was at 05:06 when the crew advised Port Moresby Flight Service that they were overhead Maran.
The airplane was declared missing when it failed to arrive at Hoskins and the wreckage was located later that day in a wooded area at an elevation of 238 m.
An investigation revealed that the right engine had been shut down and the fire extinguisher for the engine had been activated. However, there was no evidence of in-flight fire in the engine. The airplane descended below the en-route lowest safe altitude of 8,300 feet. At some point the undercarriage was extended. In total darkness, at 05:23, the airplane struck tree tops on gentle sloping terrain. The right wing broke off and the aircraft slid for another 300 m before coming to rest.

Probable Cause:

The reason the crew were unable to maintain level flight above the en-route lowest safe altitude with one engine inoperative, and subsequently impacted terrain, could not be determined.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIC PNG
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 7 years and 8 months
Accident number: AIC 07-1002
Download report: Final report

» Pilots killed in air crash (Post-Courier, 2-4-2007)

Follow-up / safety actions

PNG AIC issued 2 Safety Recommendations

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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 Port Moresby-Jackson Field to Hoskins Airport as the crow flies is 563 km (352 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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