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One down in PNG today - C402C, VH-TSI

Old 30th Jul 2020, 22:51
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ďNeil Brooker - Lake Murray specialĒ.
Heavens, that was at least 40 years ago? I don't think that was at Lake Murray, maybe Suki?

Note the Port prop on that C402C - appears to me that engine was not operating at the time of the prang - EFATO?

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Old 30th Jul 2020, 23:13
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Heavens, that was at least 40 years ago? I don't think that was at Lake Murray, maybe Suki?

Note the Port prop on that C402C - appears to me that engine was not operating at the time of the prang - EFATO?
Neil will be pleased to see is name up in lights. And yes, lake Murray as I recall.
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Old 31st Jul 2020, 00:46
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TSI memories

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Out of curiosity, who operates TSI these days?

She used to be based in TSV with Inland Pacific back in the day.
Not a bad balus by all accounts. Sad to see how she's ended up.


TSI was a pretty good bus when Hinterland operated her out of Cairns around 10 years ago. A shame to see how sheís ended up.
I first came across TSI in Kununurra in 1996 when owned by Skywest Aviation. She had a Robinson STOL kit fitted with adjustable C of G, upgraded brakes and 4 stages of flaps. She was HORRIBLE. We all hated flying her. Best memories was over the top in the Otter waiting for John ? to land in TSI. Heard an ďoh ****Ē over the radio. ( this is memories here so give. me some latitude if Iím not technically 100%) After landing it expired that the flap cable tensions were all wrong, one of cables either snapped or a pulley pulled out. Either way he ended up with 40 flap on the right and SFA on the left, short finals at night. He did a great job and got it in. Poor bugger was fairly white from memory. His reward was having his name put on the CARTON-PENALTY-LIST for Friday night beer for nearly getting killed.

TSI followed me to Darwin after that. We had 2 C402 and they only needed one, so they asked me to write a report on which one should go. Needless to say we did not keep TSI.

I was always surprised at how badly that STOL kit screwed up a good aircraft. It didnít add much TKOF/ LDG benefit and the brakes were absolutely awful. Leather pads on a wagon would have been better..

RIP.
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Old 31st Jul 2020, 03:55
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Neil Brooker - Lake Murray special

25th March 1983

I was the second SAR to arrive at Lake Murray after a twotter from Tabubil.

ELCOM had just installed power lines near the western threshold which effectively restricted the strip to one way. As a sequence of electricity being supplied to Lake Murray a portable generator was being freighted out. This was loaded into the front of the 402 (P2-GKA) instead of the cabin.
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Old 31st Jul 2020, 04:23
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https://postcourier.com.pg/investiga...-plane-starts/

Reports of high level police involvement
Reports of political party involvement
Airstrip was cleared and made operational by Australia for APEC 2018 drone operations
$500 mill USD or K1.5 billion involved

Cast of thousands !!!

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Old 31st Jul 2020, 04:27
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All roberies in PNG are generally termed "inside job"
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Where is JW and Citation when you need him!
keeping a low profile. L9l
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Old 31st Jul 2020, 09:51
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Probably enough evidence for CASA Australia to throw the rule book at him as well, thatís if he ever returns to Australia.

I would also imagine that he will face some pretty serious charges in PNG with regards to the alleged cargo on board, should get a few years in Bomana if the PNG justice system can get their case together. In some other countries he would be on death row for this behaviour.

Whatís the aviation background of the pilot? It would appear that he has some reasonable experience considering the circumstances.
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Check your PM MM.
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Duck, check your PM
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Google Earth shows no strip in 2015 and a 700m strip in 2017, ie someone would have noticed this. The 2017 image shows plenty of wheel marks and the current media pic shows it's been lengthened to 950m - exciting for a full 402C on a hot day.
Definitely a poorly planned little operation, even the aircraft was not destroyed.
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Olsem wanem wanpela C420C??????????????????????
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Netflix deal already signed.Tom Hanks to play the pilot!( He has "movie" flying experience already)
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Crazy story. Good work to the coppers, looks like this was under surveillance from the start. It also explains the early photos showing AFP at the crash site.
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Media is reporting this morning that $80m worth of coke has also turned up in FNQ, and is apparently related to the load seized in PNG. Two flights back to back or two aircraft ? The former would be more in keeping with the half arsed nature of this cunning plan.

Late news from PNG: " Port Mosby Police have announced that all three plastic wrapped boxes of drugs seized yesterday will be destroyed by burning on Monday afternoon."

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I would also imagine that he will face some pretty serious charges in PNG with regards to the alleged cargo on board,
Is a pilot responsible for what is in the cargo onboard an aircraft?
"But Sir, I was hired only to ferry the aeroplane"

How may time have you been asked to ferry an aircraft that you did not know from A to B.
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ex ABC: More than 500kg of cocaine seized as international investigation targets....

01/08/2020- ex ABC news: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-...bound/12515158

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I was trying to work out how they can unload such volume at the Mareeba parking area without anyone seeing a thing. Itís not exactly the most private hidden area. I assume they picked Sunday as MAF is closed so the eastern side of the airport is fairly dead aside the NQAC which is hiding around the corner.

Bizarre Behaviour on the flight line would stand out like dog balls to the two local CFIs at Mareeba, who know the region and itís traffic inside out, and who is who. When itís been sitting in the mud for a good portion of time itís going to get many eyeballs when itís up moving around again.

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