Narrative:The DHC-6 Twin Otter, registered PK-BRM was being operated by Aviastar Mandiri as a scheduled passenger flight with flight number MV7503. The aircraft departed from Masamba/Andi Jemma Airport intended destination to Makassar-Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport on the island of South Sulawesi in Indonesia.
The pilot-in-command acted as Pilot Flying while the second-in-command acted as pilot monitoring.
According to the flight plan clearance issued by Andi Jemma Airport Air Traffic Information Service (ATIS) the pilot intended to fly VFR with altitude of 8000 feet and fly a direct route from Masamba to Makassar.
The aircraft departed from Masamba at 06:25 UTC (14:25 LT) and estimated time of arrival Makassar at 07:39 UTC.
A partial cloud formation was present at about 60 nautical miles from Masamba on the direct track to Makassar around Mount Bajaja and Mount Latimojong.
At 06:36 UTC, the pilot informed the Ujung Pandang Information officer that the aircraft had reached 8,000 feet. One minute later the pilots discussed to fly direct to Barru from their current position. Barru is a town located at about 45 Nm north of Makassar. Both pilots agreed to fly direct and the second-in-command (SIC) explained the experience of flying direct on the flight before. A few seconds later the SIC suggested to delay the direct flight for a while. At 06:50 UTC, the PIC told the SIC that he wanted to climb and the CVR stopped recording. The aircraft impacted treetops and crashed on the top of a mountain at an elevation of 7734 feet.
The wreckage was located on Bajaja Mount on October 5.
Probable Cause:Contributing Factors: "Deviation from the company visual route without properly considering the elevated risks of cruising altitude lower than the highest terrain and instrument meteorological condition in addition with the absence of the EGPWS warning resulted in the omission of avoidance actions."
VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain
Official accident investigation report
|investigating agency: ||National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) - Indonesia |
|report status: ||Final|
|report number: ||KNKT 15.10.21.04|
|report released:||4 January 2017|
|duration of investigation: ||1 year and 3 months|
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Follow-up / safety actions
||de Havilland Canada
|12 March 1981
|31 March 1981
|10 July 1996
|30 January 1997
||Milne Bay Air
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Masamba/Andi Jemma Airport to Makassar-Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport as the crow flies is 290 km (181 miles).