Accidents Papua New Guinea

22-May-15 Robinson R44 Bumbu River, Papua New Guinea

Crashed into a shallow river, possibly after hitting wires.  4 POB rescued OK.  Even if the helicopter survived in a rebuildable state, the locals manage to pull it apart sufficiently in this video that it is most unlikely to be rebuilt.  This tweet claims it was unregistered.  The occupants were all from Frabelle Fishing, a... Read more

15-Feb-15 P2-HFZ Bell 206L4 Wabo, Papua New Guinea

Sole occupant pilot safe but was immediately flown back to Port Moresby for transfer to hospital for X-ray and medical observation.  Unknown circumstances or level of damage to helicopter... Read more

09-Oct-12 ER-MHL Mil Mi-8 Tembagapura, Papua New Guinea

Helicopter was seriously damaged but its 24 passengers and three crew members were safe (full manifest here)... Read more

06-Jul-12 Bell 206B Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea

Helicopter missing for 4+ days.  Three crew missing are New Zealander Antony Annan, 49 and two Australians, one named as Russel Aitken, 42.... Read more

24-Apr-12 Sikorsky UH-60 Isurava, Papua New Guinea

Precautionary landing due to an engine fault... Read more

08-Aug-11 P2-RUH Eurocopter Bo105LS Timini, Papua New Guinea (3F)

The helicopter was trying to return to Lae when it went missing between Mumeng and Wafi – marginal visual conditions, pilot was not IFR rated, helicopter was not IFR equipped. Two security guards and the expatriate pilot, Peter Wallace, were on board the helicopter. There were no survivors... Read more

??-Jun-11 Sikorsky S55T Papua New Guinea

S55 Whisperjet conversion “Helo is Ok but the people looking to use it are no longer interested.”  [exact date not known]... Read more

24-Mar-11 Bell 206L4 Tari, Papua New Guinea

“The incident happened at about 3:30pm in rainy and windy condition when the Australian pilot failed to navigate the helipad belonging to the Ambua Lodge. “  All five on board survived.  Helicopter was inbound from Komo, in support of Essar LNG project there.  Pilot named as Haji Ruslan... Read more

13-Feb-11 P2-PHL Eurocopter AS350B2 Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (1F)

Australian pilot reported missing feared dead after helicopter crash in PNG.   It is understood the man is an experienced pilot who has been working in the mining industry for a number of years.  Oil slick and floating debris reported.  Update – Search for pilot Lloyd Lester has been abandoned... Read more

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