Aviation AO-2018-008

PAC 750 XL Aeroplace, flight into terrain, Oksibil Airport, Papua, Indonesia, 11 August 2018
Status: Current
Occurrence Date: 
11 August 2018
The Commission is providing New Zealand’s Accredited Representative participating in the Indonesia National Transportation Committee’s investigation of a fatal accident involving a New Zealand-manufactured Pacific Aerospace Ltd 750XL aeroplane on 11 August 2018 near Oksibil Airport in Papua Indonesia. The circumstances reported at the time were that the aeroplane was on an unscheduled passenger flight from Tanah Merah to Oksibil with one pilot and eight passengers on board. The pilot had contacted Oksibil Tower and requested clearance to make a long final approach to the runway. There was no further contact with the aeroplane. The aeroplane was later located crashed on a mountain ridge at an elevation of 6,500 feet. Eight of the occupants died and one was seriously injured. The aeroplane was destroyed.
Location: 
Oksibil Airport, Papua, Indonesia (-4.8519,140.6094) [may be approximate]