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Time: 14.00 LT
Type: Xian MA-60
Operator: Merpati Nusantara Airlines
C/n / msn: 603
Fatalities: Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 27
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: In sea near Kaimana Airport – WASK, West Papua province. – Indonesia
Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Sorong Airport – WASS
Destination airport: Kaimana Airport – WASK
The Xian MA-60, performing flight MZ-8968, crashed in the sea about 500 meters (0.3 mile) from its destination.
All 27 occupants were killed.
Crash: Merpati MA60 at Kaimana on May 7th 2011, impacted waters before runway
By Simon Hradecky, created Saturday, May 7th 2011 09:19Z, last updated Saturday, May 7th 2011 17:38Z
A Merpati Nusantara Xian MA-60, registration PK-MZK performing flight MZ-8968 from Sorong to Kaimana (Indonesia) with 21 passengers, 4 crew and 2 technicians (27 occupants), last reported its position at 13:45L (04:45Z) about 15nm before touchdown and was on final approach to Kaimana’s runway 19 when the aircraft impacted waters about 500 meters/1640 feet before the runway threshold at about 14:00L (05:00Z). All occupants perished in the crash.
So far 18 bodies have been recovered.
At the time of the approach there was rain and thick fog, visibility was reported at less than 2000 meters/6500 feet. The airplane was holding for about 15 minutes before commencing the approach.
West Papua’s Kaimana Airport offers visual approaches only and a runway 01/19 length 1600 meters/5250 feet, a NDB ZV is located at the aerodrome.
Upon impact with water the airplane broke up in two major parts and sank to the seabed floor about 30 meters below water surface, the occupants remained trapped inside the aircraft.
Indonesia’s Civil Aviation Authority said the aircraft had accumulated 615 flight hours since its introduction to service in October 2010. Technically there was no problem with the aircraft.
No Metars are available.