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Investigator and technical assistance to the Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission, P2-HCY, Bell 206L1/C30P, 130 km SSE of Mount Hagen, Western Highlands Provence, Papua New Guinea, 6 July 2012

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


On 6 July 2012, a Bell Helicopter B206L1/C30P, registered P2-HCY, impacted terrain about 130 km south-south-east of Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea (PNG). The pilot and two passengers on board the aircraft were fatally injured.

The PNG Accident Investigation Commission (AIC) is investigating this accident in accordance with its obligations under Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Annex 13).

On 20 July 2012, the AIC requested Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) assistance in terms of investigator support and technical advice. In accordance with paragraphs 5.23 and 5.24 of Annex 13 (Aircraft Accident and Incident Investigation) to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, the ATSB appointed an Accredited Representative and an Advisor to the Accredited Representative (ATSB investigators). These investigators assisted the AIC with engineering expertise for the airframe and engine examination as part of an External Investigation under the provisions of the Australian Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

The wreckage was transported to Port Moresby by the AIC for examination by the team of two ATSB investigators, along with AIC investigators and representatives from the airframe and engine manufacturers. After examination of the wreckage, several instruments and the engine and its associated components were sent to Australia for a detailed examination under the control of the ATSB. Support and information was provided to the AIC during the course of the investigation and the ATSB's Engineering Group Report was provided to the AIC in July 2013.

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
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.

General details
Date: 06 July 2012   Investigation status: Completed  
  Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 130 km SSE of Mount Hagen, Western Highlands Provence, PNG    
State: International   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 19 July 2013   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  
Last update 03 April 2020