Aviation safety investigations & reports

Technical assistance to NTSC - Collision with terrain, PK-VVE, Cessna 208B, Pasema District, West Papua, Republic of Indonesia, 9 September 2011

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


On 9 September 2011, a Cessna 208B ‘Grand Caravan’ aircraft, registered PK-VVE, collided with terrain and was destroyed on a cargo flight from Wamena to Kenyam in the Pasema District of West Papua, Republic of Indonesia. The pilot and copilot, the only persons on board were fatally injured. 

As the accident took place in Indonesia, the Indonesian National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) is responsible for investigating this occurrence, consistent with Indonesia’s obligations as State of Occurrence under Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation (Annex 13).

The pilot of the aircraft was an Australian citizen and, in accordance with the ‘special interest’ provisions of paragraph 5.27 of Annex 13, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) appointed an expert to the NTSC investigation. This allowed the ATSB to receive relevant factual information that was approved by the NTSC for public release and a copy of the NTSC’s final investigation report. 

The NTSC subsequently requested ATSB support in the analysis of the available recorded data from the flight and with finalising the draft investigation report. To facilitate this support, the ATSB appointed an accredited representative in accordance with paragraph 5.23 of Annex 13 and, in order to protect the information supplied by the NTSC, commenced an external investigation under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003. The ATSB completed its work as accredited representative in March 2013.

The National Transport Safety Committee of Indonesia is responsible for releasing the investigation report.

National Transportation Safety Committee
Ministry Of Transportation Republic Of Indonesia
Transportation Building 3rd Floor
Jalan Medan Merdeka Timur No. 5
Jakarta Pusat 10110

Phone  :  +62 21 384 7601
Email    :  knkt@dephub.go.id

Website: http://knkt.dephub.go.id/knkt/ntsc_home/ntsc.htm





Released in accordance with section 25 of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

General details
Date: 09 September 2011   Investigation status: Completed  
  Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 15 km west of Wamena, Pasema District, West Papua, Republic of Indonesia    
State: International   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 28 March 2013   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft model Grand Caravan  
Aircraft registration PK-VVE  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Wamena, Pasema District of West Papua, Republic of Indonesia  
Destination Kenyam, Republic of Indonesia  
Last update 14 November 2018