VH-PNI crashed at Mount Giluwe on September 1, 1972. The ease of loading awkward loads into the Skyvan was appreciated in Papua New Guinea but not its lack of range. Only Patair operated them, with other operators preferring the Twin Otter.
This Skyvan was delivered to the JMSA in the previous year, on 12 March 1975 (ex G-BCIB). It was sold to Australia in December 1997 as VH-IBT for resale, and became N643M in April 1998. Cessna T210L JA3749 (c/n 210-60991) is being prepared in the background. Apologies for the Beechcraft blocking the nose of the Skyvan.