Airlines PNG Flight 1600
An Airlines PNG de Havilland Canada Dash 8 at Kagamuga Airport.
|Date||13 October 2011|
|Site||20 km S of Madang Airport, Papua New Guinea.
|Aircraft type||de Havilland Canada Dash 8|
|Flight origin||Lae Nadzab Airport, Papua New Guinea|
|Destination||Madang Airport, Papua New Guinea|
Airlines PNG Flight 1600 was a passenger flight which crashed in near the mouth of the Gogol River, Papua New Guinea on 13 October 2011. 28 of the 32 onboard died. The aircraft involved, a de Havilland Canada DHC-8-100 (known as a Dash 8), was operating Airlines PNG's scheduled domestic service from Lae Nadzab Airport to Madang Airport. The crash site was 20 km south of the destination.
It was hard to reach the survivors as according to firefighters, "it was very hard to get there. Very dense", however they reportedly declined to say anything about survivors or victims.
The aircraft that crashed was a de Havilland Canada DHC-8-102. The aircraft was first flown in 1988.
An investigation is being carried out by the Accident Investigation Commission of Papua New Guinea and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. Investigators have located and retrieved the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder.
After the crash, Airlines PNG decided to ground its entire fleet of 12 Dash 8s until further notice. Along with this, it quarantined a fuel depot at Lae Nadzab Airport from which the crashed aircraft was refuelled before departing on the accident flight.
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