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Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Monday 31 October 2016
Time:ca 08:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-4T Caribou
Operated by:Perkumpulan Penerbangan Alfa Indonesia
On behalf of:Puncak Regency Administration
Registration: PK-SWW
MSN: 303
First flight: 1972
Total airframe hrs:2748
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67T
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:11 km (6.9 mls) S of Ilaga Airport (ILA) (   Indonesia)
Crash site elevation: 3962 m (12999 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Timika-Moses Kilangin (Tembagapura) Airport (TIM/WAYY), Indonesia
Destination airport:Ilaga Airport (ILA/WABL), Indonesia
A de Havilland Canada DHC-4T Caribou cargo plane is reported missing on a flight from Timika to Ilaga, Papua, Indonesia with four persons on board. The aircraft, owned by the Puncak Regency, carried water-channel construction materials and a cement mixer, weighing 3,130 kilograms in total.
The aircraft took off from Timika at 07:57. Last radio contact was at 08:23 when the flight reported at the Ilaga Pass. The aircraft failed to arrive and an ELT signal was detected 40-45 NM from the 060 radial of the TMK VOR.

The wreckage of the aircraft was located the next day, scattered on a mountainside at an elevation of 3962 meters, 11 km south of Ilaga Airport.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSC Indonesia
Status: Investigation ongoing

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photo of DHC-4T-Caribou-N303PT
accident date: 31-10-2016
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-4T Caribou
registration: N303PT
photo of DHC-4T-Caribou-PK-SWW
accident date: 31-10-2016
type: de Havilland Canada DHC-4T Caribou
registration: PK-SWW

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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
22 Nov. 1972 206 Kenya Air Force delivered (as DHC-4A)
4 July 1986 5Y-BET NewCal Aviation stored at Malta
July 1986 N300NC NewCal Aviation new registration
6 Oct. 1994 N300NC Pen Turbo Aviation Inc
23 Aug 1995 N300NC Pen Turbo Aviation Inc ferried from Malta to Cape May, NJ
2014 N303PT Pen Turbo Aviation Inc converted to DHC-4T
17 Sep. 2014 N303PT Pen Turbo Aviation Inc first flight after conversion
May 2016 N303PT Pen Turbo Aviation Inc ferried to Biak, Indonesia
Aug. 2016 PK-SWW Trigana Air Service registered

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Timika-Moses Kilangin (Tembagapura) Airport to Ilaga Airport as the crow flies is 103 km (64 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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