RNZI: A report has found that pilot error and bad weather caused an August 2010 crash in which five people died on a Papua New Guinea island.
A Trans Air charter plane carrying five people slid off the runway and burst into flames at Misima Island, Milne Bay, in PNG’s southeast, on August 31, 2010.
PNG’s Accident Investigation Commission released its final report on the crash and said the runway was flooded, which made it hard for the plane to land and affected its brakes.
It said when the aircraft aquaplaned, the crew tried to discontinue the landing and go around the runway.
But the aircraft overran the runway and hit terrain, eventually being destroyed by a post-impact, fuel-fed fire.
The report found the plane was affected by a tailwind and landed long on a runway that was too short with an unsuitably degraded gravel surface that was covered in water.
The investigation also determined that, after a previous similar incident, the airline operator did not take effective steps to prevent a recurrence.
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