The Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission (AIC) has distributed to directly involved parties a draft report of its investigation into the accident that occurred near Kokoda, Papua New Guinea on 11 August 2009. Directly involved parties are those who were directly involved in the accident or who may have influenced the circumstances that led to it.

Those parties have until 23 January 2011 to comment on the factual accuracy of the report and to provide additional evidence in support of any comments.

The AIC is investigating this accident in accordance with Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has assisted the AIC investigation by providing investigator support, technical advice and facilities support.

It is anticipated that the AIC will release its final investigation report to the public in the first quarter of 2011.

The ATSB is distributing this media release with the permission of the Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission.

Media enquiries about the AIC report and ongoing investigation should be directed to:
Mr David Inau
Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission
Telephone: +675 325 7500 or +675 311 2406, ext 614

Last update 01 April 2011