The Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission (AIC) has released its Preliminary Factual Report into the collision with terrain that occurred near Kokoda, Papua New Guinea on 11 August 2009, involving a De Havilland DH-6 Twin Otter aircraft, registration P2-MCB. The AIC is investigating this accident, together with support from the Papua New Guinea Department of Transport, in accordance with its obligations under Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation. The AIC requested the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) to assist their investigation by providing investigator support, information and technical advice and facilities support.

In accordance with paragraph 5.23 of Annex 13, the ATSB appointed an Accredited Representative and a number of advisors to the Accredited Representative (ATSB investigators) to assist the AIC during the on-site phase, in the technical examination of a number of recovered aircraft items and components, and as requested by the AIC during the remainder of the investigation.

The ATSB is reproducing the AIC report titled Aircraft accident investigation interim report, Collision with terrain, P2-MCB, De Havilland DHC 6-300, 6 NM SSE Kokoda, 11 August 2009 on its web site with the permission, and on behalf of the Accident Investigation Commission.

Any media enquiries in respect of the AIC report and ongoing investigation should be directed to:

Mr William Vate
Telephone: +675 325 7500, ext 506
Facsimile: +675 323 3339

All other enquiries in regard to the ongoing investigation should be directed to:

Papua New Guinea Department of Transport
Accident Investigation Commission
C/- Po Box 1489,
Port Moresby
National Capital District
Papua New Guinea

Telephone: +675 325 7500, ext 508
Facsimile: +675 323 6198




Media contact: 1800 020 616
Last update 01 April 2011