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:



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