Crash of a Boeing 737-301F in Wamena

Date & Time: Jul 18, 2017 at 1239 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
PK-YGG
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Timika – Wamena
MSN:
23743/1510
YOM:
5
Flight number:
TMG103
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft was performing a cargo flight from Timika, carrying a load of various goods, among them building materials. Following an uneventful approach, the airplane bounced twice upon landing on runway 15. It then veered off runway to the left and while contacting a soft ground, lost its both main gears before coming to rest on its belly with the right engine partially sheared off. All five crew members evacuated safely while the aircraft was considered as damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter near Wamena: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jul 5, 2017 at 1110 LT
Operator:
Registration:
PK-RCX
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Wamena – Derakma
MSN:
922
YOM:
1998
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft departed Wamena Airport at 1100LT with three passengers, two crew members and 508 kg of various goods. Ten minutes later, the airplane struck the slope of a mountain at an altitude of 2,300 meters. It was scheduled to arrive at Derakma at 1125LT. The wreckage was found a day later by the crew of a helicopter. All five occupants have been killed. At the time of the accident, VMC conditions prevailed.

Crash of a Lockheed C-130H Hercules in Wamena: 13 killed

Date & Time: Dec 18, 2016 at 0609 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
A-1334
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Timika – Wamena
MSN:
4785
YOM:
1978
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
12
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
13
Circumstances:
The four engine aircraft left Timika-Moses Kilangin Airport at 0535LT bound for Wamena. While approaching Wamena, the crew encountered marginal weather conditions and the aircraft descended through several cloud layers when it crashed in a hilly terrain about four minutes before ETA at 0613LT. The aircraft was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and all 13 occupants were killed.

Crash of a Boeing 737-347 in Wamena

Date & Time: Sep 13, 2016
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
PK-YSY
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Jayapura – Wamena
MSN:
23597/1287
YOM:
24
Flight number:
TGN7321
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The 30 years old B737 and its three crew members were performing a cargo flight from Jayapura to Wamena, carrying a load of 15,3 tons of various goods (diesel and fuel drums, rice, sugar, etc.). The final approach to Wamena was performed in poor weather conditions with a cloud base estimated between 150 and 200 feet. After a visual approach (Wamena Airport is a VFR Airfield only), the aircraft landed hard on runway 15. It appears that the left main gear collapsed while the right main gear was sheared off. The aircraft then slid on its belly and both engine for several yards before coming to rest on the right side of the runway. All three crew members were unhurt while the aircraft is damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan EX in Lolat

Date & Time: Jun 14, 2016 at 0758 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
PK-RCK
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Wamena – Lolat
MSN:
208B-5149
YOM:
2014
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Aircraft flight hours:
53
Circumstances:
The single engine airplane left Wamena Airport at 0739LT bound for Lolat with two passengers, one pilot and a load of building materials for a total weight of 1,190 kilos. Upon arrival in Lolat, the aircraft hit the roof of a wooded house and crashed in flames. All three occupants were able to vacate the cabin before the aircraft would be destroyed by fire. Three people in the house were wounded.

Crash of a Pacific Aerospace PAC750XL in Ninia: 1 killed

Date & Time: Aug 12, 2015 at 0845 LT
Operator:
Registration:
PK-KIG
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Wamena – Ninia
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft left Wamena at 0745LT for a 20 minutes flight to Ninia. Upon arrival, strong winds forced to crew to follow a holding pattern and some 40 minutes later, the pilot attempted to land. According to the Kompass website, it appears the aircraft landed long (some half way down the runway) and was unable to stop within the remaining distance. It overran, hit a pile of wood and went down an embankment before coming to rest. Five occupants were injured while the flight engineer (copilot) was killed.

Crash of a BAe ATP-F in Wamena

Date & Time: Mar 4, 2015 at 1515 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
PK-DGB
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
2029
YOM:
1990
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Upon landing on runway 33 at Wamena Airport in rainy conditions, the aircraft skidded on runway, went out of control, veered off runway and came to rest with the left main gear collapsed, the nose and the right main gear partially sheared off. Both crew members were unhurt while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. It appears the weather conditions worsened on final approach with heavy rain and turbulence. Also, the crew continued the approach while the aircraft was unstable, causing to be not properly aligned with the runway centerline.

Crash of a BAe ATP in Wamena

Date & Time: May 31, 2013 at 0709 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
PK-DGI
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Jayapura - Wamena
MSN:
2027
YOM:
1990
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful cargo flight from Jayapura, crew started the descent to Wamena runway 15. In marginal weather conditions, aircraft crossed the last cloud layer with a visibility of 5 km but was unstable on final approach. After landing, while decelerating, nose gear collapsed. Aircraft veered to the left, lost its nose gear which was sheared off and went through a grassy and muddy area. Aircraft slid for about 50 meters before coming to rest. While all three crew were uninjured, aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Pilatus PC-6/B2-H4 Turbo Porter in Paspalei: 3 killed

Date & Time: Sep 22, 2011 at 1313 LT
Registration:
PK-UCE
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Pagai - Wamena
MSN:
943
YOM:
2004
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft was performing a flight from Pagai to Wamena with two passengers, one pilot and crops on board. En route, aircraft hit Mt Yalimo located near Paspalei and was destroyed on impact. All three occupants were killed. While both passengers were Indonesian citizens, the pilot was American.

Crash of a Cessna 208B Grand Caravan in Pasema district: 2 killed

Date & Time: Sep 9, 2011 at 1230 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
PK-VVE
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Wamena - Kenyam
MSN:
208-1287
YOM:
2007
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
1546
Captain / Total hours on type:
1315.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
927
Copilot / Total hours on type:
147
Aircraft flight hours:
3926
Aircraft flight cycles:
5267
Circumstances:
Aircraft was being operated on a non schedule cargo flight from Wamena to Kenyam, Papua. Flight was conducted under VFR and the pilot reported to ATC that the planned altitude was 9,500 feet. On board the aircraft were two pilots, a manifested load of diesel drums and grocery items, and a non-manifested load of 25 bags of rice weighing 827 lbs (375 kilos). The aircraft took off from Wamena runway 15 at 1217LT and ETA at Kenyam was 1247LT. Aircraft crashed around 1230LT in an isolated and wooded area in the Pasema district, and was destroyed by impact forces and post impact fire. Both occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Factors that contributed to the accident are as follows:
a. The aircraft was loaded to a weight in excess of the maximum certificated takeoff weight.
b. The aircraft climb performance was adversely affected by the aircraft being operated above the certificated maximum takeoff weight.
c. The aircraft approached high terrain along the proposed route at an altitude which was below that specified in the operator's route guide.
d. The aircraft entered a high rate of descent during a terrain avoidance maneuver.
e. Recovery from the abnormal flight path was not achieved before the aircraft collided with terrain.
Final Report: