Accident de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 P2-MBI, Wednesday 12 July 1995
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Date:Wednesday 12 July 1995
Time:08:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 300
Owner/operator:Milne Bay Air
Registration: P2-MBI
MSN: 275
Year of manufacture:1969
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-27
Fatalities:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:2 km E of Alotau-Gurney Airport (GUR) -   Papua New Guinea
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Alotau-Gurney Airport (GUR/AYGN)
Destination airport:Dagura
Narrative:
Shortly after takeoff for a flight to Dagura, the Twin Otter crashed out of control in a steep dive in shallow water, 2 km from the runway. An investigation by the Australian Bureau of Air Safety Investigations revealed an explosion and fire occurred shortly after takeoff, causing the electrical system to fail. The fire's source probably was the terminal board between the inverters and control relay. Kerosene carried in passenger luggage in the Twin Otter's aft cargo hold possibly began leaking and was possibly ignited by faulty or age-deteriorated electrical wiring.

Sources:

Flight International 27.11 - 3 December 1996
Haarlems Dagblad 13.7.95
Scramble 195(54)

Statistics

  • 23rd worst accident in 1995
  • 36th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 21st worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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