2016-10-31 Trigana DHC-4 Caribou missing in Papua Province

2016-10-31 Trigana DHC-4 Caribou missing in Papua Province
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2016-10-31 Trigana DHC-4 Caribou missing in Papua Province

Narrative

The cargo aircraft went missing with four people aboard a short cargo flight and crashed on the side of a mountain in remote Papua Province, Indonesia. There were no survivors.

UPDATE 2016-12-04

Indonesian Investigation Authority NTSC published the Preliminary Report

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The 1972 built Caribou was operating a cargo flight for the regional government of Puncak, operated by Trigana Air Services. It took off from Timika Airport at 07:57L for Ilaga where it was due to land at 08:22L.

Straight distance between both airports is 56 nautical miles, equivalent to approximately 25 minutes flying time.

The aircraft was laden with contruction materials and a cement mixer carrying a total weight of 3,1 tons.

At 08:23L the pilots of PK-SWW established first contact with Ilaga tower predicting their arrival at 08:27L. 

At 08:30L Ilaga Tower controller contacted PK-SWW but never got an answer. Other aircraft in the area were ask to contact the flight, but also to no avail.

At 09:20L ALERFA alarm was raised and search operations began.

At 09:22L Timika Tower picked up an automated Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) signal.

At 09:31L a Susi Air PC-6 Porter (PK-BVM) approaching Timika also reported the  indication of an ELT distress signal at location: S 04° 06′ 027″ / E 137° 38′ 79″

Late afternoon that same day, the scattered wreckage of PK-SWW was found on a mountainside at 12,800 ft. about 7 NM south of Ilaga by a search plane. There were no signs of any survivors.

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The aircraft in question was ferried to Indonesia from the United States in May 2016 to operate supply flights to challenging Ilaga Airfield (elevation 7500 ft , runway lengh 1600 ft (490 m)). 

 

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Aircraft Involved

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Aircraft
Type: DHC-4 Caribou
Registration: PK-SWW
Age a/c: 44.4 years
Constr. No.: 303

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 4 0 0 4
Fatalities  4 0 0  4
Injuries 0 0 0 0

 

OCCURENCE DATASET
Date: 2016-10-31 Time: 08:15
Location: southeast of Ilaga, Papua
Country: Indonesia
Flight phase: ENR – Cruise, Descent, Holding
Damage to a/c: hull loss

Flight
Flight no.:
From: WABP/TIM: Timika To: WABL/ILA: Ilaga Airport
Type: Cargo
Operator: Trigana Air Service

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 1st safety occurence for the operator
  • 19th safety occurence of type (DHC-4)
  • 243th safety occurence in Indonesia
  • 1st safety occurence for aircraft in question

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Abbreviations



AP = Airport / AL = Airlines / Avn = Aviation / AW = Airways / C/N: Construction Number / DSP = Domestic Scheduled Passenger / DNP = Domestic Non-Scheduled Passenger / DSC = Domestic Scheduled Cargo / DNC= Domestic Non-Scheduled Cargo / GND = On the ground / parked, stored / FMN= Flying Mission, Air Work / FRY = Ferry-, Positioning Flight / IMC = Intrument Meteorological (flying) Conditions / ISP = International Scheduled Passenger / ISC=International Scheduled Cargo / INP = International Non-Scheduled Passenger / INC =International Non-Scheduled Cargo/ OPS = Flight Operation(s) / NRV = Non-revenue, Private Flight / TRN =Training Flight /  TST = Test & Certification Flight / VMC = Visual Meteorological (flying) Conditions