On 29 August 2011, the Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission (AIC) requested technical assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), in the recovery of information from the global positioning system (GPS) and several engine and flight instruments from a MBB BO-105 aircraft that impacted terrain 5 km south of Timini, Morobe Provence, Papua New Guinea, on 8 August 2011. The pilot and two passengers on-board the aircraft were fatally injured in the accident.
The AIC is responsible for investigating this occurrence. In accordance with clause 5.23 of Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, the ATSB appointed an accredited representative to assist the AIC and initiated an investigation under the Australian Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.
Examination of the GPS was commenced with the intent of downloading the GPS data, however the data was unrecoverable due to the absence of the memory device (chip) containing the GPS data for the accident flight. The flight and engine instruments were examined for evidence of indicating pointer contact marks on the instrument face. Support and information was provided to the AIC during the course of the investigation and the ATSB's Technical Analysis Reports were provided to the AIC.
The AIC of Papua New Guinea is responsible for releasing the final investigation report on this occurrence.
Contact details for the PNG AIC are:
Mr David Inau
Chief Executive Officer
Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission
Telephone: +675 311 2406
Released in accordance with section 25 of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.