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Old 9th Apr 2014, 12:43
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Light plane crashes in Papua

Light plane crashes in Papua, killing 2 people

A light aircraft crashed Wednesday in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua, killing its American pilot and a passenger.

Transportation ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan said the U.S.-made Kodiak plane belongs to a private religious foundation, Advent, and was carrying seven people when it crashed while taking off from an airstrip.

The pilot, identified as US-citizen Robert Franklin, 63, and 34-year-old passenger Danis Kobak, were both killed

The five surviving passengers were taken to a nearby hospital, Ervan said.

The private airstrip is located 20 kilometers (12 miles) southwest of Jayapura, the provincial capital

Associated Press, April 9th, 2014
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Out of Doyo airstrip, not far from Sentani airfield.
Weather conditions were favourable. Not a mountain strip.
Incredibly experienced aviator in Paupa.

Very very sad day for aviators in this part of the world.
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I think i met him a few years back in Sentani,bloody good pilot.sad loss
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