Aviation safety investigations & reports

Accredited Representative - Collision with terrain involving Air Asia A320, PK-AXC, Karimata Strait, 213 km SW of Iskandar Airport, Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia, on 28 December 2014

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


On 28 December 2014, an Indonesia Air Asia Airbus A320 aircraft, registered PK-AXC, was conducting a regular public transport flight from Juanda International Airport, Surabaya to Changi International Airport, Singapore. Radar contact with the aircraft was lost while it was en route over the Karimata Strait, Indonesia. The aircraft impacted into water shortly after radar contact was lost. During the search and rescue operation, items of wreckage were found floating about 30 NM southeast of the aircraft’s last known radar position.

The National Transportation Safety Commission of Indonesia (NTSC) is the agency responsible for investigating this occurrence. The NTSC requested the ATSB to provide a flight recorder specialist to assist in the download and analysis of the flight recorders from the aircraft. The ATSB provided this assistance as part of the Australian Government Indonesia Transport Safety Assistance Package (ITSAP).

In accordance with clause 5.23 of Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (ICAO Annex 13), the ATSB appointed an Accredited Representative to assist the NTSC and initiated an investigation under the Australian Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

On 1 December 2015, the NTSC published the final report into this investigation.

The National Transport Safety Committee of Indonesia is responsible for releasing the investigation report.

National Transportation Safety Committee
Ministry Of Transportation Republic Of Indonesia
Transportation Building 3rd Floor
Jalan Medan Merdeka Timur No. 5
Jakarta Pusat 10110

Phone  :  +62 21 384 7601
Email    :  knkt@dephub.go.id

Website: http://knkt.dephub.go.id/knkt/ntsc_home/ntsc.htm


General details
Date: 24 December 2014   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 06:18   Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Karimata Strait, 213 km SW of Iskandar Airport, Pangkalan Bun, Indonesia    
State: International   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 17 December 2015   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus  
Aircraft model A320-216  
Aircraft registration PK-AXC  
Operator Air Asia  
Type of operation Air Transport High Capacity  
Sector Jet  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Departure point Djunanda International Airbort, Surabaya  
Destination Changi International Airport, Singapore  
Last update 14 November 2018