The Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission (PNG AIC) is investigating a double propeller overspeed and impact with terrain, followed by a fire that occurred 33 km south-east of Madang, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea on 13 October 2011. The accident involved a Bombardier DHC-8-108 aircraft, registration P2-MCJ, with two pilots, a flight attendant, and 29 passengers on board. Twenty-eight passengers sustained fatal injuries during the accident sequence, one passenger survived with serious burns and all three crew survived.
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 Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation (Annex 13). Shortly after the accident, the PNG 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 PNG AIC. To facilitate this support, the ATSB commenced an external 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, with the download and analysis of the aircraft’s flight data and cockpit voice recorders 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, PNG Accident Investigation Commission
Telephone: +675 323 2911 and 323 2151
Facsimile: +675 323 2139
Accident Investigation Commission
C/- PO Box 1489
National Capital District
Papua New Guinea
Released in accordance with section 25 of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.
The Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission (AIC) has released its Preliminary Report into a forced landing that occurred 33 km south-east of Madang, Papua New Guinea on 13 October 2011 and involved Bombardier DHC- 8-103 aircraft, registered P2-MCJ. The AIC is investigating this accident in accordance with its obligations under Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Annex 13).
On 14 October 2011, the AIC requested Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) assistance in terms of investigator support and technical advice. 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 in the download and examination of the cockpit voice and flight data recorder data.
The ATSB is reproducing AIC report AIC-11-1010 titled Forced landing P2-MCJ Bombardier 13 October 2011 33 km south east of Madang 13 October 2011 on its web site with the permission, and on behalf of the AIC. A copy of the report is available from the 'Download Preliminary Report' link on this page.
Any media enquiries in respect of the AIC report should be directed to:
Mr Sid O'Toole
Investigator in Charge
Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission
Telephone: +675 7217 0991 or email
|Date:||13 October 2011||Investigation status:||Completed|
|Time:||1742 local PNG time (1842 EDT)||Investigation level:||Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||33 km south east of Madang, Papua New Guinea|
|State:||International||Occurrence type:||Forced/precautionary landing|
|Release date:||04 April 2013||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Report status:||Final||Highest injury level:||Fatal|
|Damage to aircraft||Destroyed|
|Departure point||Lae, PNG|