Unfortunately, we have had more than our fair share of accidents here in Papua. So, honestly, news of an accident is nothing new or shocking. But this news was:
(from the JAARS Facebook page)
A Pilatus PC-6 crashed today in Indonesia; pilot Paul Westlund and the two Indonesian passengers died in the accident. The plane—flown by our partner YAJASI—was traveling in a remote, mountainous area. The cause is still unknown, and an investigation is pending.
Paul had flown in Indonesia for nearly 25 years; he’s survived by his wife and two children. Please pray along with us for YAJASI, the families, and everyone else involved.
No, he wasn’t with MAF. But it still hits our mission and aviation community here very hard. I didn’t know him personally. But Dan had just had coffee with him yesterday morning, before the accident.
Suffice it to say that your prayers for the family and also for our pilot guys are appreciated.