Date & Time: Apr 30, 1997 at 0900 LT
Type of aircraft:
Cessna 208A Caravan
Survey / Patrol / Reconnaissance
Phnom Penh – Kampong Chhnang
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The single engine aircraft was completing a survey flight from Phnom Penh to Kampong Chhnang, carrying one passenger and one pilot on behalf of a Japanese Oil Company. Approaching Kampong Chhnang, weather conditions deteriorated when the pilot flew into a tight valley. He elected to fly back and initiated a turn when the aircraft struck trees and crashed in a dense wooded area. The aircraft was destroyed and both occupants were killed.
It is believed that the pilot underestimated the weather conditions at destination and was unable to recover from a last sharp turn at low height.