The AIC's Functions and Approach

The AIC was established in 2010 as independent agency of the Government under Section 218 of the Civil Aviation Act 2000 (As Amended) and is accountable to Parliament through the Minister for Civil Aviation.

In accordance with Part XIII of the Civil Aviation Act 2000 (As Amended), the AIC’s primary function is to improve aviation safety by investigating accidents and serious incidents, determining the factors that affect, or may affect, aviation safety, and communicating its findings to relevant stakeholders. The AIC conducts its investigations on a ‘no-blame’ basis. This means the AIC does not apportion blame or liability and does not seek to determine any liability of persons or organisations in transport matters.

Investigations that focus on future safety rather than blame increase stakeholder awareness of, and action on, safety issues and foster industry and public confidence in the transport system. Publishing reports which explain how and why accidents and serious incidents occurred increases safety awareness and knowledge and forms the basis for stakeholders to improve safety action.

Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) documents and circulars relevant to aircraft accident and serious incident investigation, set out the standards, procedures and guidelines against which the AIC benchmarks its work.

Dean Kuri - Chief Executive Officer

The PNG Accident Investigation Commission is an important member of the air transportation system with a vital mandate to investigate all aircraft accidents and serious incidents on behalf of the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, and to publish its findings including safety recommendations for appropriate safety actions to address safety deficiencies in the system. The ultimate goal of the AIC is to improve safety in the air transport mode.

These significant progress made needs to be strengthened and sustained in the coming years. My focus areas therefore to sustain these great achievement for the next 3 years are to:

Strengthen current relationships with all stakeholders and various development partners - both national and international.

Invest in the continuous development of relevant skills and knowledge of our staff, especially those of our Investigators.

Continue to build our investigators tools and technological resource that will in turn enhance our investigation response time and overall capability.

Develop and nurture a team of aviation professionals that continue to aspire for the highest standards of aviation safety, good governance and personal integrity.



"To be nationally and internationally recognized as an independent and professional accident and serious incident investigation organisation dedicated to improving aviation safety for the benefit of PNG and all travelling public."


"To improve aviation safety by conducting independent no-blame safety investigations to determine the causes and contributing factors of aviation accidents and serious incidents, and by disseminating the findings and recommendations to the public across the aviation community in compliance with the Civil Aviation Act 2000 (As Amended), and the Standards and Recommended Practices of Annex 13 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation."

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The AIC’s values are:

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Accountable for the way it conducts its investigations and for its findings and recommendations.

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Committed to treating all with whom it interact with courtesy and consideration.

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Guided by honesty and accountability for its actions and decisions.

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Adopt a learning culture and maintain a highly skilled and knowledgeable team of professionals through leadership and continuous improvement.

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Treat all individuals and organisations equitably.

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Promote a culture of aviation safety in all that it does.