Timika Airport

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Mozes Kilangin Airport
Mozes Kilangin Airport (Timika).JPG


TIM is located in Papua
Location of airport in Papua
Location Timika, Papua, Indonesia
Coordinates 04°31′44.76″S 136°53′11.76″E / 4.5291000°S 136.8866000°E / -4.5291000; 136.8866000
Direction Length Surface
ft m
7,675 2,340 Asphalt

Timika Airport known as Mozes Kilangin airport, is an airport in Timika, Papua, Indonesia (IATA: TIMICAO: WABP).

1996 shooting incident[edit]

On April 15, 1996 at about 5 a.m., Second Lieutenant Sanurip, 36, a member of Kopassus, who was assigned to take part at a military operation to secure the release of 11 hostages being held by the Free Papua Movement, began shooting indiscriminately with an automatic weapon at people near an army-run aircraft hangar.

In the ensuing shoot-out with military personnel, Sanurip killed a total of 16 people - 3 Kopassus officers, 8 ABRI soldiers and 5 civilians, one of them Airfast pilot Michael Findlay from New Zealand - and injured another 11, before he was wounded in the leg and subdued by fellow soldiers.

The shooting was allegedly sparked when an army transporter, carrying 2 dead soldiers, who, according to differing reports, were either killed by OPM members during the hostage rescue operation, or hacked to death by villagers who had accused them of raping two women, made a fuel stop at Timika airport, and Lieutenant Sanurip realised that one of the two was a friend of his. Later reports contradicted this, though, stating that Lieutenant Sanurip either suffered from depression or malaria when the shooting occurred and that this might have been the trigger.

Sanurip was sentenced to death on April 23, 1997.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Airfast Indonesia Makassar
Garuda Indonesia Denpasar, Jayapura, Makassar
Susi Air Alama, Beoga, Jila, Jita, Mapanduma, Paro, Tsinga, Wangbe
Sriwijaya Air Jayapura, Makassar


  1. ^ "14 die in gun battle at New Guinea airport". San Francisco Chronicle. 1996-04-15. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  2. ^ "Soldier kills 14 in Indonesian airport". The Independent. 1996-04-16. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  3. ^ "16 people killed in Indonesian shooting". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 1996-04-15. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  4. ^ "Death Penalty Appeal in Timika Case". 1996-04-15. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  5. ^ "Six Victims of Timika Shooting Buried in Sorong". ANTARA. 1996-04-17. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  6. ^ "More Reports on Timika Killings". The Australian. 1996-04-17. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  7. ^ "15 killed, 12 injured in gun attack". The Irish Times. 1996-04-16. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  8. ^ "Jarkarta probes killing of 15 in Irian Jaya". Post Courier. 1996-04-17. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  9. ^ "Pena de muerte". Amnesty International. 1997-04-25. Retrieved 2008-10-27.