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
Port Moresby
National Capital District
Papua New Guinea




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