This was the former VH-BBG(2), re-registered VH-GOC when
transferred to Ansett-MAL in
April 1964. It was a
9-passenger commuter liner used on internal PNG routes. During
all Ansett-MAL’s P166s, it had major engine problems, with metal
granules in the sump
(reportedly later found to
be caused by the use of the wrong type of oil). It
from operations in mid-1970
and sold to Eastern Pacific Air Services of Maroubra, NSW.
Banfield's shot above was taken Mascot on 3 July 1971. It was
later registered to G.R.
Church Point, Sydney. VH-GOC crashed on 22 February 1977 some 20
km NNE of
Marulan, NSW. It was
Struck-Off-Register on 19/5/77.