PNG Accident Investigation Commission

Probe on aircraft incidents

On 28th October at 2.40pm, a single engine Cessna 208 Caravan aircraft, operated by Helifix, collided with an ant hill during a landing at Malam airstrip, Western Province.

The aircraft received damages mainly to the nose landing gear. No injuries were reported.

The second incident took place on 29th October at 11.03am.

A Cessna 525 Citation Jet CJ1 aircraft, operated by TropicAir, declared an emergency in flight 30 nautical miles from Port Moresby, due to an indication of smoke from the cargo compartment.

Commission monitoring Boeing crashes

Chief Commissioner Hubert Namani said: “Indonesia and Ethiopia are signatory States to the Convention on International Civil Aviation and the investigation authorities in Indonesia and Ethiopia conduct investigations in accordance with ICAO Annex 13 Standards.

“The AIC understands that the United States National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Boeing Company are assisting the Indonesian and Ethiopian investigation authorities with their investigations.

AIC accepts delegation of Chuuk probe

The accident occurred on September 28th, 2018, at Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).

The Minister for Civil Aviation, Alfred Manase, announced that: “In accordance with the international obligations of States (countries) to comply with the Convention on International Civil Aviation, the FSM Government, through Mr. Luckner Weilbacher, FSM Secretary of the Department of Transportation, Communications and Infrastructure, requested that the PNG AIC accept the delegation for the continuation and conclusion of the investigation.

Concerns over unsafe drone flights near airport

Hubert Namani said: “I have received a report of at least one UAV/drone very recently being operated from a house or houses within Kennedy Estate, Eight-Mile.

“The UAV was observed operating above light post height to an undetermined height.

“Kennedy Estate is less than 2km from the Jackson’s airport boundary and under the Runway 14L flight path. This presents a significant safety risk and danger to aircraft and the travelling public, as well as to the residents of Kennedy Estate.”

Harsh conditions highlighted in AIC report

The report highlights the harsh conditions along this part of Papua New Guinea that may have caused the accident.

Investigations are underway by the PNG Accident Investigation Commission to find out what actually happened the day 34 year old David Tong’s plane plummeted to destruction along the rugged terrains of the Sarawaget Range in Morobe Province.

Tong was a pilot with North Coast Aviation.

Training for accident commission investigators

The training, set for the first two weeks of December 2017, involves an expert from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

The ADREP system is operated and maintained by ICAO. It receives, stores and provides states with data that will assist them in validating safety.

The system was established in 1976 but has evolved to meet changes in information technology and the aviation industry. 

Repatriation talks underway for pilot’s body

PNG Accident Investigation Commission CEO David Inau said the pilot had been with Sunbird Aviation for a year now and is a very experienced pilot.  “He has flown a number of this type of aircraft.”

“We have spoken to the parents and we have also organised the pathologist. The processes of getting legal clearance for a post mortem are being worked on. Once that is completed, we will be conducting a post mortem as part of the investigation.”

Three survived initial impact: PNG AIC

Inau said the twin-engine Britten Norman Islander aircraft that was operated by Vanimo-based Sunbird Aviation, was only 33 seconds away from landing or 1200 metres short from the runway.

“On the final approach, the aircraft was seen to have pitched up and then entered into a spiral descent and ended up crashing.”

He said the process of investigation has started, which will be long and tedious due to the fact that smaller aircraft of this category by law are not fitted with a cockpit voice recording device.