Indonesian SAM Air’s Bullet Damaged Caravan Airlifted For Repairs
The SAM Air Cessna Caravan that was shot by militant separatists in West Papua has been airlifted from Kenyam Airport for repairs.
SAM Air planned to airlift the Caravan on 12 July to Sentani’s Dortheys Hiyo Eluay International Airport, SAM Air director, Wagus Hidayat, tells local newspaper Tribun-Papua. But due to unfavourable weather, the evacuation team airlifted the aircraft to Timika’s Mozes Kilangin Airport yesterday, he says.
The Caravan will eventually be brought to Dorthey’s Hiyo Eluay International Airport for maintenance and repairs, he says.
The Caravan was airlifted using a Kamov Ka-32 helicopter.
Smart Aviation Asia Pacific previously reported on 10 June that militant separatists shot the Cessna Caravan, local registration PK-SMG, hitting the front tire, fuel tank and the fuselage. Two pilots were the only occupants onboard, but none were reportedly injured.
Picture Source: Tribratanews
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