Here's VH-GKF (185-0542) of Territory Airlines at its home
base of Goroka in 1966. Photo by
Registered new to TAL in May 1963, it remained with them until it
crashed on 13 Aug
On that day, while on approach to the demanding Kegsugi strip, at 8000
feet elevation on
the side of a
mountain, the pilot could not out-climb a severe down-draft.
Unable to turn in the narrow
confines of the
Chumbu Valley, he made a forced landing in a sweet potato patch.
The aircraft was
trapping the pilot who was seriously injured and evacuated to Australia
for medical treatment.
Miraculously, the 6
passengers escaped unhurt.