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Kiunga Aviation

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Justin Taylan 2003

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Edward Rogers 2005
December 30, 2009

Aircraft History
Built by Cessna. Constructors Number 18501947. Owned by Kiunga Aviation / Richard Leahy and based at Nadzab Airfield. Resistered as P2-MJL in honor of his father, Michael "Mick" James Leahy.

On March 5, 1979 this aircraft flipped upside down during take off from Kisengan Airfield after the wheels sank into soft ground. There was no injury and the aircraft was righted and repaired.

Mission History
On December 30, 2009 took off from Nadzab Airfield piloted by Richard Leahy on an early morning flight bound for Baindoang AIrfield. Suffered a loss of pressure and total engine failure. Crashed into the Sarawaget Mountain at roughly 6:15am near Boana, Morobe Province between Gumbum and Tunam villages.

Spotted immediately, only the tail section was intact at the crash site while the front and rest of the plane was burnt out. Aboard were six Papua New Guinea passengers (including two children) who were all killed in the crash. The bodies of the passengers were taken to Angau Memorial Hospital.

Pilot Richard Leahy suffered severe burns, and was airlifted by helicopter to Lae, then evacuated to Cairns and Brisbane and is recovering at Royal Brisbane Hospital.

Wikipedia: Kiunga Aviation / P2-MJL
Six die in Papua New Guinea plane crash  December 31, 2009
RNZI: Six die in Papua New Guinea plane crash  December 31, 2009
Post Courier "Plane crash in Morobe... six people dead"  December 31, 2009
Malumnalu Nalu - First Pictures of Yesterdays Plane  December 31, 2009
Aviation Safety Network - Cessna P2-MJL
Cessna 185 flipped upside down on takeoff March 5, 1979
SMH "Plane crash: Six dead as Aussie pilot fights for life" December 31, 2009
SMH "Plane crash pilot known as 'Captain Cautious" January 1, 2009
Digital Journal "Explorer's son seriously injured in PNG plane crash" January 1, 2009
Samoa Observer "Pilot’s mission to honour war dead in PNG" January 3, 2010

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October 23, 2019


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