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January 17, 2021

PNG AIC Releases Preliminary Aviation Crash Reports

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The PNG Accident Investigation Commission (PNG AIC)released two preliminary reports regarding aircraft accidents that occured last month.

The reports released were for the Bell Augusta 212 helicopter in Hambuka in East Sepik and the Fixed Wing Sunbird Aviation P2 SPC in Kikori of the Gulf Province.


The PNG Accident Investigation Commission was relieved to release the preliminary reports on the note that investigations are currently being carried before finalizing the report with the direct persons involved.


Chief Commissioner, Nemo Yalo, said the Bell 212 helicopter had to do an emergency landing in Hambuka Primary School due to falling oil pressure in engine number1.


Commissioner Yalo said the pilot used the second engine to safely bring the helicopter to ground level.


The helicopter was carrying a VIP contingent including Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, and 4 senior cabinet ministers. The pilot, who is a New Zealander, is also at the center of investigation.


The second report revealed that the plane landed comfortably but experienced differential braking difficulties.


Parts of both aircrafts will be sent to the manufacture for analysis awaiting further investigation by PNG AIC.


Meanwhile, the Commission announced that the final report for the Airlines PNG crash in Madang in 2012 will be out mid next month.

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