Aviastar BAe 146 crashes in Papua

Aviastar BAe 146 PK-BRD at Wamena

Aviastar BAe 146 PK-BRD at Wamena in August 2008 (Dave Lowe)

Aviastar Mandiri‘s BAe 146-300 PK-BRD (msn E3189) crashed on 8 April near Wamena, in Papua Indonesia. She was arriving at Wamena on a cargo flight from Jayapura, on Papua’s northern coast, carrying staples such as rice and flour. She reportedly made a go-around after an initial approach to Wamena’s runway 15. While circling for a second try, she entered clouds and struck a mountainside southwest of the airport. The aircraft was destroyed, and all six crewmembers on board were killed. Wamena Airport is situated in Baliem Valley, at an elevation of 5,085 feet, but it is surrounded by mountains rising up to 12,000 feet. The airport has no navigation aids except for an NDB. Aviastar acquired PK-BRD from Flybe in late 2007.

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