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One down in PNG today - C402C, VH-TSI

Old 3rd Aug 2020, 06:20
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Not the first time , and wont be the last no doubt, of " unusual flight occurrences " in and out of Mareeba.

There has been a slight increase in ops at the place. 1 new hangar in the recent development areas and more to follow at the western end, including, hopefully the start of construction of the FNQ Air Museum, to showcase the WW2 history of the field and earlier Cape York pioneering aviation.
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Old 3rd Aug 2020, 06:55
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Originally Posted by SCPL_1988 View Post

The plane crashed on take off Ė it made it high enough to be picked up on radar but then went down. The most likely cause, according to assembled pilots, was a dramatic load shift, a single engine failure or simply overloaded? It appears there was a small fire in the port engine when she went down.
Not sure the flight time for full fuel reflects the C402 C, that could be the C404? Then again fuel burn at low altitude would make the C404 a maybe for the return trip.

So the C402 got airborne, to be picked up on radar. Then had a issue! and stops not very far from the end of the airstrip.
This with lots of fuel and + 500kg of freight,on a strip of about 900m.

Dramatic load shift- aft on after rotation. My guess a stall with different debris pattern.
Single engine failure after rotation. My guess much further to the left of centre line - and far deeper into the woods (possible feathered prop)
Overloaded after airborne. My guess far deeper into the woods & more pruned trees.

I guess I am saying given required fuel, 500+kg freight and short unpaved strip, I do not think it is possible for a C402 to get airborne and be mostly intact so close to the end of the runway.
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Old 3rd Aug 2020, 08:18
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Who cares what caused the crash, the whole mission was obviously going to be a complete disaster for those involved from the onset, based on the intel that the authorities already had.

The accident may have actually saved the pilotís life, whatís to say that he couldnít have ended up in the Coral Sea if the left engine failed/caught fire enroute. Pure speculation of course.

Looks like a Pandoraís Box is slowly being opened up.
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Old 3rd Aug 2020, 08:33
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Time to give the thread a rest until we have more true factual information?
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Old 3rd Aug 2020, 08:50
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Originally Posted by Mumbai Merlin View Post
Time to give the thread a rest until we have more true factual information?
Last time I checked, you werenít a moderator here.
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Old 3rd Aug 2020, 09:37
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Originally Posted by Mumbai Merlin View Post
Time to give the thread a rest until we have more true factual information?
I do not expect a investigation into this "accident" and very much doubt any real aircraft and/or crash related matters to be much of the court process that will follow.

So shall be a very long rest.
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Old 3rd Aug 2020, 10:42
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Originally Posted by Bend alot View Post
So shall be a very long rest.
Maybe your guess will be accurate!
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Old 4th Aug 2020, 00:41
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Be quiet Karen...
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Old 4th Aug 2020, 03:47
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Four (4) arrests so far today;

Two locals at a auto repair shop, both with $40k AUD in their possession
Two locals at Sunset Lodge, near Lea Lea
Further charges pending against pilot
The locals will sell each other for a good meal and a packet of cigs.
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Old 4th Aug 2020, 14:18
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Cool

I suggest there would be little local involvement in the execution let alone planning of this glorious plot. The Mafia in Australia and the South American supplier (assuming this was trans-shipped Coke) are experienced in their business and would have little need to insert a bunch of wantoks into the movement of the gear from a boat or shipping container onto a truck out to the airstrip - it would be fairly easy to put your own couple of guys in-county for a few months prior to the day or two it would take to do the operation. I can straight-up think of two legit reasons to lengthen the local landowner's strip for him without raising any suspicions (but hey I'm not running a smuggling course).

On the other hand, despite half a billion dollars worth of coke being at stake, Mario and the guys allowing the half arsed nature of the Mareeba / 402 phase of this plot to proceed could mean that they were actually not as bright as they thought they were.
However, if this was an entirely PNG-designed plan, then burning aircraft parked in the bushes and pure chaos all round would be far more likely
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Old 4th Aug 2020, 19:42
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Correction on my prior post.
Cessna was seen on radar after take off, that means its more likely
that he chose to return to land and overshot. I don't mind the speculation but
its very obvious that many know far more than what is public right now.
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Old 4th Aug 2020, 20:55
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Have the people of Lea Lea requested compensation yet?

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Old 4th Aug 2020, 21:59
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we have a winner folks!
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Old 5th Aug 2020, 11:32
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Amazing, half a billion dollars of drugs for the lawyers in Melbourne but they couldnt extend the runway by 200 metres. They should get a job with CASA!
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Old 5th Aug 2020, 19:29
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JORN

As far as I can remember the JORN system is more broad based surveillance but can be focused in certain areas if required. So if there was intelligence that such a flight was happening then they could certainly track it across to PNG and back.

But from all the articles Iíve ever read about it, JORN doesnít see everything, everywhere, all the time. Plus I think the state of the ionosphere can affect it as well (it bounces radio waves to get Ďover the horizoní).

Otherwise why would the occasional refugee boat sneak through? Or what about MH370, the coverage maps show JORN has the potential to see out that far.
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Old 5th Aug 2020, 20:50
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There has been a few aircraft go down over the last few years that havenít been immediately found even with Australiaís assistant.

A Hevilift Long Ranger & NCA Islander come to mind.

MH370 might be in the Highlands
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Old 5th Aug 2020, 21:34
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Otherwise why would the occasional refugee boat sneak through?
Maybe because most are wood?
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Old 7th Aug 2020, 10:51
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Breaking News!

The Director of Protocol to the Prime Minister's office Ms. Julie Wapo was arrested and charged with her involvement in the Drug Syndicate plane crash.

The story suggests that Wapo was carefully chosen for the position to mislead the Prime Minister.

She will sing a song that will make dozens run for cover (if she lives long enough)
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Old 7th Aug 2020, 21:58
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The pilot concerned perhaps never thought that maybe they weren’t supposed to survive this exercise.
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Old 9th Aug 2020, 11:09
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