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Last updated: 3 December 2021
Datum:Montag 28 August 1972
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DHC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-4A Caribou
Fluggesellschaft:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Kennzeichen: A4-233
Werknummer: 233
Baujahr: 1965
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen:
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 21 / Insassen:
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 25 / Insassen: 29
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Kudjero Gap (   Papua Neuguinea)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Lae Airfield, Papua Neuguinea
Flug nach:Port Moresby-Jackson Field (POM/AYPY), Papua Neuguinea
Hit ridge of a valley in poor weather.
The aircraft was transporting school army cadets back to Port Moresby on completion of a training camp. Passengers included cadets and teachers (all but one from a Catholic college in Moresby). Four students were located away from the crash site the 5th survivor was recovered at the crash site but later died a Wau due to injuries.

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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 Lae Airfield to Port Moresby-Jackson Field as the crow flies is 301 km (188 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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