The Papua New Guinea Accident investigation Commission (PNG AIC) is investigating a runway excursion that occurred at Bwagaoia Aerodrome, Misima Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea on 31 August 2010. The accident involved a Cessna Aircraft Company Citation 550, registration P2-TAA, with two pilots and three passengers on board. The aircraft landed at Misima Island and, when it became evident that the aircraft would not stop on the remaining runway, the pilot attempted a takeoff. The aircraft did not obtain flying speed before the end of the runway and was substantially damaged when it collided with trees shortly after. Four occupants sustained fatal injuries during the accident sequence and one occupant sustained serious injuries.

The investigation is being carried out in accordance with Papua New Guinea's obligations as the State of Occurrence under Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation. Shortly after the accident, the AIC requested Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) assistance in the conduct of the investigation by providing investigator support, technical advice and facilities support.

In accordance with paragraph 5.23 of Annex 13, the ATSB appointed an accredited representative and a number of advisers to assist the AIC. To facilitate this support, the ATSB commenced an investigation under the Transport Safety Investigation Act (2003) and assisted the AIC during the on-site phase of the investigation, in the technical examination of a number of recovered aircraft items and components, and as requested by the AIC during the remainder of its investigation.

The PNG AIC is responsible for and will administer the release of the final investigation report into this accident. Any enquiries in respect of the ongoing AIC investigation should, in the first instance, be directed to:

Mr David Inau
CEO, Accident Investigation Commission
Telephone: +675 311 2406
Facsimile: +675 342 7727

Accident Investigation Commission
C/- PO Box 1489
Port Moresby
National Capital District
Papua New Guinea



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