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Technical assistance to PNG Accident Investigation Commission - Engine failure, Bombardier Dash-8 aircraft, P2-PXI, Port Moresby Airport, PNG, 25 December 2012

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


On 25 December 2012, a Bombardier DHC-8-202 aircraft, registered as P2-PXI, sustained an engine failure during approach to Pt. Moresby Airport, Papua New Guinea (PNG). The aircraft continued the approach and landed safely, with no injuries reported.

As the incident occurred in PNG, the PNG Accident Investigation Commission (AIC) was responsible for investigating this occurrence. To assist its investigation, the AIC requested assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) in the download of data from the aircraft’s Flight Data Recorder (FDR) and Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR).

To facilitate the work, and 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 PNG AIC and initiated an external aviation safety investigation under the Australian Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

Following receipt of the CVR and FDR units on 14 January 2013, both units were successfully downloaded in accordance with the relevant manufacturer’s instructions. The downloaded audio and flight data was examined and confirmed as containing detail from the occurrence flight, before being provided to AIC representatives on 16 January 2013, together with a selection of graphical and tabular presentations of the flight data.

Contact details for the PNG Accident Investigation Commission are available at: www.aic.gov.pg/contact.html



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

General details
Date: 25 December 2012   Investigation status: Completed  
  Investigation level: Systemic - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea    
State: International   Occurrence type: Miscellaneous - Other  
Release date: 15 April 2013   Occurrence category: Serious Incident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft model Dash-8-202Q  
Aircraft registration P2-PXI  
Serial number 460  
Damage to aircraft Serious  
Destination Port Moresby Airport, PNG  
Last update 03 April 2020