Runway excursion Accident Douglas C-47B-15-DK (DC-3) VH-PNB, Tuesday 11 April 1972
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Date:Tuesday 11 April 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas C-47B-15-DK (DC-3)
Owner/operator:Trans Australia Airlines - TAA
Registration: VH-PNB
MSN: 26789/15344
Year of manufacture:1944
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, written off
Location:Madang Airport (MAG) -   Papua New Guinea
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Madang Airport (MAG/AYMD)
Destination airport:Mendi Airport (MDU/AYMN)
A C-47 transport plane was chartered to fly cargo from Madang to Mendi, Papua New Guinea. On the approach hydraulics were lost and the plane returned to Madang.
The plane was going to run off the end of the strip into Madang harbour, so the pilots pulled the pin on the rear wheel which caused the aircraft to veer to the left and into the mangroves.
The C-47 was withdrawn from use at Madang. It was used for fire practices and scrapped in 1978.


PNGAA Library - Madang Airport 1973: Bruce O'Reilly
PPRuNe Forums
E-mail Graeme Strempel (2013-09-20)



photo (c) Mark Smith; Madang Airport (MAG); April 1972

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