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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 229009
Last updated: 28 November 2019
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Date:13-SEP-2019
Time:06:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic BK17 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
MBB BK 117C-1
Owner/operator:Tribal Aurora Helicopters
Registration: P2-TAH
C/n / msn: 7504
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:4 nm SE off Silur Mission -   Papua New Guinea
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Buka Airport (BUA/AYBK)
Destination airport:Rabaul-Tokua Airport (RAB/AYTK)
Investigating agency: AIC PNG
Narrative:
On 13th September 2019, at about 10:15 local time, a BK117 C-1 helicopter, registered P2-TAH, operated by Tribal Aurora Helicopters departed from Buka Airport for the planned destination Tokua Airport. The planned estimated time
of arrival at Tokua Airport was 11:25.
At 10:45 the pilot made a routine report to Air Traffic Services that his operations were normal, below 5,000 ft and he was estimating Tokua at 11:25. The helicopter failed to arrive at Tokua and wreckage of the helicopter was subsequently located approximately 0.9 nm seaward of the coast about 4 nm south east of Silur Mission. The passenger was uninjured and swam to shore. The pilot was fatally injured, and his body was later found in the water by local residents, about 200 metres from the impact point.
The passenger informed the AIC investigators that they flew through bad weather and had to divert to the nearest land, on the south east of New Ireland Province. The cloud was very low and visibility was significantly reduced in rain.

Sources:

TV Media, Social media
https://twitter.com/pontuna2run/status/1172460242258423808
https://breakingnews.travel/334794/breaking-news-tribal-auroras-bk117-yellow-helicopter-is-missing-over-the/
https://www.tah.com.pg/welcome
Twitter and social media
https://www.pprune.org/archive/index.php/t-625470.html
http://www.looppng.com/png-news/nip-helicopter-accident-under-probe-86970
http://www.aic.gov.pg/pdf/PreRpts/AIC%2019-1003%20P2-TAH.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Sep-2019 15:56 Petropavlovsk Added
13-Sep-2019 15:58 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
13-Sep-2019 16:04 harro Updated [Destination airport, Narrative]
13-Sep-2019 16:47 Geno Updated [Time, Source]
14-Sep-2019 07:01 Petropavlovsk Updated [Source]
14-Sep-2019 08:11 gerard57 Updated [Registration, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source, Damage, Narrative]
14-Sep-2019 09:14 RobertMB Updated [Cn]
14-Sep-2019 09:36 TB Updated [Location]
14-Sep-2019 09:44 Petropavlovsk Updated [Time, Cn]
16-Sep-2019 05:56 gerard57 Updated [Source]
29-Sep-2019 18:11 harro Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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