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One down in PNG today - C402C, VH-TSI

Old 27th Jul 2020, 06:30
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One down in PNG - Sunday 27th July - C402C, VH-TSI

Reports filtering through suggest a C402C, registered VH-TSI has crashed in Central Province, Port Moresby, on Sunday 27th July
The registration is current on the Australian register with a Port Moresby owner.

Various reports suggest illegal flight and drug residue being located. The aircraft owner is a well known Port Moresby business man.

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Old 27th Jul 2020, 07:30
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NOTAM just issued - ELB radiating from crash site.

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Old 27th Jul 2020, 08:00
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Here’s a link from the Post Courier in POM


https://postcourier.com.pg/plane-cra...-port-moresby/

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Old 27th Jul 2020, 09:23
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Old 27th Jul 2020, 09:47
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I think it is rather interesting that an aircraft can be flying around inside the Port Moresby Control Zone pretty much on the approach path to runway 14, and go un-noticed.
Regardless of Transponder and/or ADSB (if fitted) being turned off, would there not be a primary paint.

It's about time CASA PNG just told operators if you want to fly in PNG you must have ADSB and serviceable and switched ON at all times. Probably would enhance safety.
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NOTAM just issued - ELB radiating from crash site.

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There’s one for old mate LeadSled.
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Old 27th Jul 2020, 10:35
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Flight Radar 24 shows TSI departing Mareeba northbound around 0930 local Sunday morning. Apparently still had some life in the transponder at that stage!
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Here’s another article from the Post Courier.

https://postcourier.com.pg/burnt-rem...f-plane-found/


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Old 27th Jul 2020, 21:08
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From EMTV

https://emtv.com.pg/plane-crash-unde...sgjqXObUQXQB6U


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Old 27th Jul 2020, 23:52
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TSI

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.

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Old 28th Jul 2020, 01:49
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AVLEASE Pty Ltd is listed as operator. PO Box at Alice Springs. Anyone know who runs AVLEASE?
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Beached ... Look at the CASA register !


A picture of the the person believed to be the pilot is posted on Facebook. with the comment that he has been smuggling gold, gemstones, and weapons for years ????
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Beached ... Look at the CASA register !


A picture of the the person believed to be the pilot is posted on Facebook. with the comment that he has been smuggling gold, gemstones, and weapons for years ????
Comments on Facebook are about as believable as comments on YouTube videos.
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Old 28th Jul 2020, 04:18
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Australian Federal Police are at the scene of the abandoned aircraft.
The Aussie High Commission advises the pilot is an Australian.
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Bit more here https://news.pngfacts.com/2020/07/pn...ot-of.html?m=1

There is also a post on Facebook with an aerial photo of where the 402 ended up. Thought shit like this only happened in South America!

The story on this will be an interesting read and go down in the history books in a few years.
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[QUOTE=beached az;10847760]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 she’s ended up.
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Bit more here https://news.pngfacts.com/2020/07/pn...ot-of.html?m=1

Check the Weigh Inn

There is also a post on Facebook with an aerial photo of where the 402 ended up.
Is this Niugini Cay?



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Old 28th Jul 2020, 12:41
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There are many old WWII landing strips around Port Moresby.
Whilst over grown they would only require a quick scrape with a grader to make the surface suitable for a single use takeoff and or landing. Once the aircraft has done the job you torch it to destroy finger prints and DNA.
The only difference in this mission is that in PNG a C402 is a good type, in Sth America it would either be a Gulfstream II, Gulfstream III or Hawker HS125.
What we know to date is that VH-TSI may or may not have been stolen from Mareeba, Queensland
The aircraft is owned by Heni Maraga, a PNG citizen and businessman with an office registered in Gerehu. Heni is a director of Ravenpol 69 P/L.
The listed aircraft operator is Avlease in Alice Springs, most likely a smoke screen..
The aircraft logged onto FR24 on Saturday 25th July at Mareeba
The was no flight plan lodged for a flight to/from PNG

I would be looking for an expat pilot with local knowledge, so match the photo of the suspect on Facebook to staff records
I would be looking for an expat with earth moving equipment/knowledge, most likely a former expat pilot.

The pictures to date would suggest the road may be leading to Kiruku, If this is the case there would be substantial PMV and truck traffic. An expat would certainly stick out if hitching a ride into town.
A few pilots whom know the aircraft have suggested it was unairworthy and had no M/R. A 43 year old C402 has little residual value so burn it on completion!

I'm willing to bet a sheep station the culprit(s) will turn out to be well known to POM local pilots, past and present.
It will be big drinkies at Aviat and Car Club when those responsible are apprehended. I would not be surprised if the AFP and RPNGC already know whom they are looking for. There would be finger prints and DNA everywhere on the aircraft, which failed to burn.
Time will tell....

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Good Intel. So Maraba took over from Geoffrey Bull when he died/ was killed last year by the sound of that. Avlease definitely a smokescreen.The paperwork only starts January this year.
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