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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Wednesday 15 September 2021
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:Rimbun Air
Registration: PK-OTW
MSN: 493
First flight: 1976-06-03 (45 years 4 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3,4 km (2.1 mls) from Bilogai/Sugapa Airport (ZGP) (   Indonesia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Nabire Airport (NBX/WABI), Indonesia
Destination airport:Bilogai/Sugapa Airport (ZGP/WAYB), Indonesia
A de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter operated by Rimbun Air crashed into a wooded mountainside in Sugapa District, Intan Jaya Regency, Papua, killing all three on board.
The airplane departed Nabire at 06:40, transporting building materials to Bilogai/Sugapa Airport. Last radio contact was at 07:30 hours. The wreckage of the airplane was located in the mountains at an elevation of 2400 m at 11:00, close to Bilogai/Sugapa Airport. The status of the occupants is unclear at this time.



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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
3 June 1976 N72348 de Havilland Canada first flight
14 June 1976 N72348 Ross Aviation delivered
7 July 1997 N148DE Ross Aviation new registration
22 October 2010 N148DE Gravitas Aviation bought
13 April 2011 C-GKSN Rocky Mountain Aircraft registered
20 July 2011 C-GKSN Air Labrador registered
30 April 2013 C-GKSN Air Labrador in-flight no.1 engine shutdown after drop in oil pressure
28 September 2014 C-GKSN Air Labrador landing accident at La Tabatičre Airport
March 2015 C-GKSN Air Labrador back in service after repairs
31 August 2017 C-GKSN Rocky Mountain Aircraft registered
11 October 2017 8Q-TAH Trans Maldivian Airways registered
8 September 2020 C-GKSN Rocky Mountain Aircraft registered
21 February 2021 PK-OTW Rimbun Air registered
15 September 2021 PK-OTW Rimbun Air crashed near Bilogai/Sugapa Airport

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 Nabire Airport to Bilogai/Sugapa Airport as the crow flies is 175 km (109 miles).

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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