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Last updated: 15 October 2021
Date:Tuesday 31 August 2010
Type:Silhouette image of generic C550 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 550 Citation II
Operator:Trans Air
Registration: P2-TAA
MSN: 550-0145
First flight: 1980
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-4
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Misima Island Airport (MIS) (   Papua New Guinea)
Crash site elevation: 8 m (26 feet) amsl
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Port Moresby-Jackson Field (POM/AYPY), Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:Misima Island Airport (MIS/AYMS), Papua New Guinea
A Cessna 550 Citation II, registration P2-TAA, was conducting a charter flight from Port Moresby-Jackson's International Airport, PNG, to Bwagaoia Aerodrome, Misima Island, PNG. There were two pilots and three passengers on board for the flight.
The approach and landing was undertaken during a heavy rain storm over Bwagaoia Aerodrome at the time, which resulted in standing water on runway 26. This water, combined with the aircraft's speed caused the aircraft to aquaplane. There was also a tailwind, which contributed the aircraft to landing further along the runway than normal.
The pilot in command (PIC) initiated a baulked landing procedure. The aircraft was not able to gain flying speed by the end of the runway and did not climb. The aircraft descended into terrain 100 m beyond the end of the runway.
The aircraft impacted terrain at the end of runway 26 and the aircraft was destroyed by a post-impact, fuel-fed fire. The copilot was the only survivor.

Probable Cause:

- The operator's processes for determining the aircraft's required landing distance did not appropriately consider all of the relevant performance factors. [Minor safety issue]
- The operator's processes for learning and implementing change from the previous runway overrun incident were ineffective.
- The flight crew did not use effective crew resource management techniques to manage the approach and landing.
- The crew landed long on a runway that was too short, affected by a tailwind, had a degraded surface and was water contaminated.
- The crew did not carry out a go-around during the approach when the visibility was less than the minimum requirements for a visual approach.
- The baulked landing that was initiated too late to assure a safe takeoff.
Other safety factors:
- The aircraft aquaplaned during the landing roll, limiting its deceleration.
- The runway surface was described as gravel, but had degraded over time. [Minor safety issue]
- The weather station anemometer was giving an incorrect wind indication. [Minor safety issue]
- The unreliability of the communications facilities prevented the weather observer from transmitting regular weather updates to Port Moresby. [Minor safety issue]
- There were a number of printing errors in the aircraft manufacturer's C550 performance and supplementary information charts. [Minor safety issue]

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIC PNG
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 3 months
Accident number: AE-2010-068
Download report: Final report

Runway excursion

» PNG crash airline had Australian ban overturned (ABC, 1-9-2010)
» PNG Ministerial Statement on the Aircraft Accident at Misima


photo of Cessna-550-Citation-II-P2-TAA
accident date: 31-08-2010
type: Cessna 550 Citation II
registration: P2-TAA

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 Port Moresby-Jackson Field to Misima Island Airport as the crow flies is 635 km (397 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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