August 18, 2009 | Dave Janney

Papua New Guinea Plane Crash “No Surprise”

Here is the story:


“O’Toole, an Australian in charge of PNG’s governmental Air Crash Investigation unit, told AAP in April last year that authorities had failed to properly investigate 19 air crashes since 2000 in which 16 people, including three Australians and three New Zealanders, died.”

“Lack of funds and facilities are blamed for the failure of PNG’s Civil Aviation Authority and Department of Transport to fully examine those plane and helicopter crashes, despite legislation in 2004 establishing an Air Accident Commission.”

“The situation is endangering lives. How can recommendations be made if there are no insights in why planes have gone down?”


Wow.  No insight into why, i.e. no root cause analysis.  That comes as no surprise since these problems have reoccurred.

Obviously this is a very challenging operating environment and therefore should have even more controls in place to prevent such incidents.

If the inspector’s comments are accurate, this is very troubling.  I hope the authorities get some structure built around their investigations so they can start preventing these.

Saying you are going to do root cause analysis is just the first step; you then have to make sure your investigators have the knowledge, training, and system to perform investigations that really find the problems and prevent them from re-occurring.  TapRooT® can help; why not attend one of our upcoming courses?  You can see the schedule HERE. 

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