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Accredited representative to the Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission investigation into a collision with terrain, involving Cessna 402C, registered VH-TSI, near Papa Lealea, Central Province, Papua New Guinea, on 26 July 2020

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed
Phase: Final report: Dissemination Read more information on this investigation phase


On 26 July 2020, a Cessna 402C, registered VH-TSI, collided with terrain during a rejected take-off from an uncommissioned airfield near Papa-Lealea, about 16 NM north-west of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The aircraft was substantially damaged and the pilot (the only occupant) sustained minor injuries.

The Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission (AIC) investigated the accident. During its investigation, the AIC requested assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).

To facilitate this work, the ATSB initiated an external investigation under the provisions of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

On 31 December 2020, the AIC released the final investigation report into this accident. Accordingly, the ATSB has concluded its involvement in the investigation.

Any enquires relating to the investigation should be directed to the Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission at www.aic.gov.pg.

General details
Date: 26 July 2020   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 0246 UTC    
Location: Papa Lealea, Central Province, Papua New Guinea   Investigation phase: Final report: Dissemination  
State: International   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 06 January 2021   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final    

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Cessna Aircraft Company  
Aircraft model 402C  
Aircraft registration VH-TSI  
Serial number 402C0492  
Type of operation Unknown  
Sector Piston  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Last update 06 January 2021