2016-04-13 Sunbird BN-2A Islander crashed near Kiunga, PNG

2016-04-13 Sunbird BN-2A Islander crashed near Kiunga, PNG

2016-04-13 Sunbird BN-2A Islander crashed near Kiunga, PNG


The aircraft lost height and crashed on approach to Kiunga Airport, Papua New Guinea killing all eleven people on board.

UPDATE 2017-02-18

The BN-2A Islander aircraft took off from Oksapmin to Kiunga (80 nautical miles) at 13:56L when it developed engine trouble during the final stage of the flight.

According to local media reports, the Australian pilot transmitted a distress message indicating engine failure when on approach.

The pilot was unable to maintain sufficient altitude until the Islander struck trees and impacted swampy ground about 1.200 meters short of runway 07 at Kiunga.

There were no survivors. The occupants found alive but died later in hospital.

The PNG Accident Investigation Commission has launched an investigation.

NOTE: The accident aircraft was previously involved in another mishap on 2014-04-23 when it hit an embankment on landing excursion at Kikori. [Link to Preliminary Report]

PNG AIC , Contributing Factor:

The aircraft’s centre of gravity was significantly aft of the aft limit. When landing flap was set, full nose-down elevator and elevator trim was likely to have had no effect in lowering the nose of the aircraft. Unless the flaps had been retracted immediately, the nose-up pitch may also have resulted in tailplane stall, exacerbating the pitch up. The wings stalled, followed immediately by the right wing dropping. Recovery from the stall at such a low height was not considered possible.

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METAR Kiunga Airport (AYKI):

13/04/2016 12:00->
not avialable

Date: 2016-04-13 Time: 14:30
Location: AYKI UNG Kiunga area
Country: Papua New Guinea
Flight phase: APR – Initial Approach (IFR), Final Approach, all Circuit Patterns, Missed Approach/Go-Around
Damage to a/c: hull loss

Flight no.:
From: AYTN/TKW: Tekin Airport To: AYKI/UNG: Kiunga
Type: Passenger
Operator: Sunbird Aviation

Location of the wreckage in relation to the runway
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Aircraft Involved


Type: BN-2A Islander
Registration: P2-SBC
Age a/c: 32,4 years
Constr. No.: 3010

Occupants & Casualties

Crew Pax Other Total
Occupants 1  10 0 11
Fatalities 1 10 0 11
Injuries  0 0 0 0

JACDEC 25-year Statistics :

  • 1st safety occurence for the operator
  • 195st safety occurence of type (BN2A)
  • 3rd safety occurence near  Kiunga Airport
  • 2nd safety occurence for aircraft in question
    – 2014-04-2 subst. damaged in runway excursion at Kikori, PNG

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