During May 2013, two British Aerospace 146-200 aircraft, and a British Aerospace ATP-F aircraft were involved in separate accident events:
- Fire after landing – BAe 146-200, PK-JKC at Wamena airport, Papua, Indonesia on 8 May 2013
- Engine fire after take-off – BAe 146-200, PK-BRI near Jakarta, West Java, Indonesia on 27 May 2013
- Heavy landing and runway excursion – BAe ATP-F, PK-DGI at Wamena airport, Papua, Indonesia on 31 May 2013
The Republic of Indonesia investigates aircraft accidents in accordance with Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (ICAO), the Indonesian Aviation Act (UU No. 1/2009) and Indonesian Government Regulation (PP No, 3/2001). As the State of Occurrence, the National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) of Indonesia was responsible for safety investigations into the above occurrences.
The Flight Data Recorders (FDRs) carried by these aircraft were unable to be conventionally downloaded. Additionally, the FDRs utilised magnetic tape, which is an obsolete recording medium, requiring specialist tape replay equipment that is no longer manufactured. Consequently, data recovery from magnetic tape is supported by a few investigation agencies. As a result, the NTSC requested specialist assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) in the recovery and analysis of information from the FDRs.
In accordance with clause 5.23 of Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (ICAO Annex 13), and to provide for the necessary protections of the FDR information, the ATSB appointed an Accredited Representative to assist the NTSC and initiated an investigation under the Australian Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.
Initial data recovery, performed during September and October 2013, resulted in some useable data becoming available. This data was provided to the NTSC in October 2013. During December 2015, an NTSC flight recorder specialist visited the ATSB facilities. The visit provided experience in magnetic tape data recovery equipment and techniques, as well as the opportunity to finalise data analysis and verification on the recovered FDR data.
All inquiries regarding the investigation into these accidents should be forwarded to the NTSC:
National Transportation Safety Committee Office
Ministry of Transportation Republic of Indonesia
Transportation Building 3rd Floor
Jalan Medan Merdeka Timur No. 5
Jakarta Pusat 10110
Phone: +62 21 384 7601
Fax: +62 21 351 7606