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Last updated: 3 December 2021
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Date:Friday 18 July 1997
Time:10:32
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Operator:Goroka Air Services
Registration: P2-MMU
MSN: 250
First flight: 1969
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:8,3 km (5.2 mls) NE of Goroka Airport (GKA) (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kundiawa-Chimbu Airport (CMU/AYCH), Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:Goroka Airport (GKA/AYGA), Papua New Guinea
Narrative:
The Twin Otter departed Chimbu at 10:02 for a flight to Goroka. Weather was poor with low clouds and rain. Other aircraft had diverted to Madang, but the Twin Otter crew continued. At 10:08 the crew reported 10 miles west of Goroka at 13000 feet. Nine minutes later the plane was overhead Goroka (airfield elevation 5208 feet.) The aircraft descended east of the field until it collided with Mount Yasirua at 7400 feet.
After the accident, pilots were reminded to observe the Visual Flight Rules at locations where there are no published instrument flying procedures, and not to use GPS for primary navigation purposes.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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Distance from Kundiawa-Chimbu Airport to Goroka Airport as the crow flies is 47 km (29 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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