The Chief Commissioner of the PNG Accident Investigation Commission (AIC), Mr. Hubert Namani today announced that the AIC is investigating an aircraft accident occurred on 26th July 2020 near Papa Lealea, Port Moresby, NCD.

Mr. Namani said “On 26th July 2020, the AIC was informed by PNG Air Services Limited (PNG ASL), about the activation of an Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) near Papa Lealea, Port Moresby, National Capital District. PNG ASL also reported that all aircraft had been accounted for.

“A team of investigators was sent to the area of the distress signal to conduct on-site activities. Early this morning, the team arrived to the area and found the location of the wreckage, which allowed to confirm the occurrence of an accident involving an Australian registered Cessna 402C twin engine airplane.

“As mandated by the Civil Aviation Act 2000 (As Amended) and aligned with Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, the AIC commenced an investigation to establish the circumstances in which the accident happened, its probable causes and contributing factors, in order to propose recommendations to enhance aviation safety.”
The PNG AIC conducts independent, no-blame accident and serious incident investigations. These investigations, as per the Civil Aviation Act 2000 (As Amended), are conducted with complete independence from any other Statutory organisation or aviation stakeholder, with the main purpose of avoid similar occurrences in the future. Further information on AIC investigations can be found on its website www.aic.gov.pg

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan suffers runway excursion, hits building after landing on Mexican airstrip

Date:Saturday 25 July 2020
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan
Operator:AX Transporter
C/n / msn:208B2311
First flight:2011
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage:Substantial
Location:Holbox Airstrip (   Mexico)
Phase:Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:CancĂșn Airport (CUN/MMUN), Mexico
Destination airport:Holbox Airstrip, Mexico

A Cessna 208B Grand Caravan suffered a runway excursion after landing at Holbox Airstrip. The right-hand wing impacted a small concrete building and suffered serious damage at the wing root. The five passengers and two pilots survived the crash.

The Holbox Airstrip is 650 m long.

Link: https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20200725-0

Ukraine: Black boxes confirm interference with jet downed in Iran

Iranian forces say they downed the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 jet by mistake [File: Iran Press via AFP]
Iranian forces say they downed the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 jet by mistake [File: Iran Press via AFP]

The transcript from the black boxes from a Ukrainian jet accidentally shot down by Iran on January 8 confirms the fact of illegal interference with the plane, according to Ukraine’s deputy foreign minister.

Yevhenii Yenin’s remarks came on Friday, a day after an international team examining the flight recorders from the jet had completed a preliminary analysis of the data in France.

“Grateful to all partners who helped bring this moment closer. Black boxes from #PS752 were read out and deciphered successfully. The transcript confirmed the fact of illegal interference with the plane,” Yenin wrote on Twitter.

He also said Kyiv was expecting an Iranian delegation to visit Ukraine next week for talks.

Iranian forces say they downed the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 jet after mistaking it for a missile at a time of high tensions with the United States. All 176 people on board were killed.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said this month that it was too soon to blame human error for the shooting down of the airliner and that many questions remained unanswered.

International probe

A team of investigators from the same countries as the victims of the plane crash met this week at France’s Bureau for Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety (BEA), in Paris, to begin extracting the data.

“The download and preliminary data analysis was an important milestone in what must be a thorough and transparent safety investigation,” said Katy Fox, the chair of the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada, on Thursday.

“The work in Paris is finished, but the investigation is far from over. There are still many key questions that need to be answered,” she said in a statement.

“We have urged Iran to release factual information from the recorders as soon as possible,” Fox said, adding that Iran – which is leading the investigation – has not authorised the TSB to release details.

Link: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/07/ukraine-black-boxes-confirm-interference-jet-downed-iran-200724084336974.html

Accident: Mahan A313 over Syria on Jul 23rd 2020, upset as result of intercept by fighter aircraft

Mahan Air Airbus A310-300, registration EP-MNF performing flight W5-1152 from Tehran Imam Khomeini (Iran) to Beirut (Lebanon), was enroute at FL340 about 160nm east of Beirut in Syrian Airspace near the triangle Syria, Jordan and Iraq when the crew performed an abrupt maneouver to avoid two fighter aircraft and climbed the aircraft at least 600 feet. The aircraft subsequently returned to FL340, requested medical assistance for the arrival at Beirut and continued to Beirut for a landing without further incident. A number of passengers needed medical assistance.

Reports as to what fighter aircraft caused the upset are unclear, there are unverified claims of Israeli or US fighter aircraft. Iran’s State TV IRIB claims the fighter aircraft were Israeli aircraft, Syria’s states controlled Arab News Agency SANA however reported the fighter aircraft were US ones.

Medical Services (Red Cross) in Beirut reported no passengers needed to be taken to a hospital, a number was treated mainly for shock.

In the early morning hours of Jul 24th 2020 (UTC) CENTCOM, the US Central Military Command, reported, one F-15 was on a routine mission over southern Syria near the al Tanf garrison in southern Syria (located about 12nm east of the 16:14:43 position of the aircraft) and was dispatched to conduct an inspection of the airliner to ensure safety of coalition personnel at al Tanf. When the F-15 identified the aircraft as a passenger plane, the F-15 maintained safe distance of about 1000 meters. The intercept was done in accordance with international standards, however, it appears it caused the Iranian pilots to carry out a sudden and unexpected altitude change.

Al Tanf Garrison is located at N33.50 E38.62. When the A313 was at FL346 at 16:14:43Z, the aircraft was at position N33.50 E38.82 about 12.6nm east of Al Tanf, about a minute later at its closest distance to Al Tanf the aircraft was at position N33.55 E38.68 about 4.8nm northeast of Al Tanf.

Passenger photos (Photo: Mehdi H)
Passenger photos (Photos: Mehdi H):
Passenger photos (Photo: Mehdi H)
Map (Graphics: AVH/Google Earth)

Link: http://avherald.com/h?article=4da54d79&opt=0