1979 Garuda Fokker F28 crash

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1979 Garuda Fokker F28 crash
Garuda Fokker F28-1000 Volpati-1.jpg
A Garuda Indonesia Fokker F28, similar to the one involved.
Accident summary
Date 11 July 1979
Summary Controlled flight into terrain
Site Mount Sibayak, Indonesia
Passengers 57
Crew 4
Fatalities 61 (all)
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Fokker F28 Mk-1000
Aircraft name Mamberamo
Operator Garuda Indonesia
Registration PK-GVE
Flight origin Palembang Airport
Palembang, Indonesia
Destination Medan Airport
Medan, Indonesia

The 1979 Garuda Fokker F28 crash occurred on 11 July 1979 when a Garuda Indonesia Fokker F28 airliner on a domestic flight in Indonesia from Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin II Airport, Palembang, to Polonia International Airport, Medan, struck Mount Sibayak at 5,560 feet (1,690 m) on approach to landing, There were no survivors.[1]

The aircraft had departed Palembang 80 minutes earlier and had been cleared for an approach to runway 05 at Medan Airport. The aircraft was asked to report passing the non-directional beacon (NDB) "ON" at 2,500 feet (760 m). The pilot then reported he was maintaining a height of 9,300 feet (2,800 m) as the NDB was unreliable. The approach controller then asked them to maintain that height until after they had passed the NDB. The pilot then reported they were at 6,000 feet (1,800 m). The aircraft struck the 7,200-foot-high (2,200 m) volcano Mount Sibayak at 5,560 feet (1,690 m).[1]


  1. ^ a b UK CAA Document CAA 429 World Airline Accident Summary (ICAO Summary 11/79)

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