Mozes Kilangin Airport

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Mozes Kilangin Airport
Mozes Kilangin Airport (Timika).JPG
Airport typePublic
OwnerGovernment of Indonesia
ServesMimika Regency
LocationTimika, Papua, Indonesia
Coordinates04°31′44.76″S 136°53′11.76″E / 4.5291000°S 136.8866000°E / -4.5291000; 136.8866000
TIM is located in Papua (province)
Location in Papua
TIM is located in Indonesia
Location in Indonesia
Direction Length Surface
ft m
12/30 7,677 2,340 Asphalt

Timika Airport known as Mozes Kilangin Airport, is an airport in Timika, Papua, Indonesia (IATA: TIM, ICAO: WAYY old: WABP). It is mostly known for being the site of a mass shooting in 1996.

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airfast Indonesia Denpasar, Makassar, Manado

Charter : Surakarta/Solo

Batik Air Jakarta–Soekarno-Hatta, Makassar
Citilink Denpasar[1]
Garuda Indonesia Denpasar, Makassar, Nabire
Susi Air Alama, Beoga, Jila, Jita, Mapanduma, Paro, Tsinga, Wangbe
Sriwijaya Air Makassar, Sorong
Wings Air Langgur, Nabire, Wamena

1996 shooting incident[edit]

Timika Airport shooting
LocationTembagapura, Papua, Indonesia
Date15 April 1996
7:00 a.m. (WIT)
TargetSoldiers at Timika Airport
Attack type
Mass murder
WeaponsAssault rifle (Pindad SS1?)
PerpetratorSecond Lieutenant Sanurip


According to military spokesmen, Kopassus Second Lieutenant Sanurip was reprimanded by another officer for being noisy when he awoke in a hangar that was used by the military as a commando post since the riots in Timika had erupted. As a reaction to this Sanurip began firing with his assault rifle at about 7 a.m. He first shot five other military personnel, including Lieutenant Colonel Adel Gustinigo, commander of Detachment 81, the counter-terrorist arm of the Indonesian army's elite special forces, as well as a major and captain, and then shot indiscriminately at anyone, while running out of the hangar.[2][3]

Within seconds he killed 16 people – 5 Kopassus officers, 6 ABRI soldiers and 5 civilians, one of them New Zealander Michael Findlay, a helicopter pilot working for Airfast – and injured another 11-13, ten ABRI officers and three civilian/12 were military personnel and the remaining casualty a civil aviation worker. He was being held in military custody in Timika.[4][3]

Sanurip was eventually shot in the leg and subdued by other soldiers.[5]



The motive behind the rampage was not immediately known, though it was suggested that Sanurip was suffering from depression and was not in a healthy state, perhaps due to a malaria infection.[3]

It was further reported that an army transporter, carrying the two soldiers killed in Mapenduma, made a fuel stop at Timika airport that morning, and that Sanurip began shooting after seeing their remains and realising that one of them was a friend of his, though it was stated by military spokesmen this information was not true and that there was no connection between the arrival of the bodies and the mass murder.[2][3][9]

Also repudiated were initial reports that there was a heated argument between Sanurip and his superiors prior to the shooting.[4] [10]


Among those killed were:[11][12][13]

  • Lieutenant Colonel Adel Gustimigo, 37, Detachment 81/Kopassus
  • Major Gunawan, Detachment 81/Kopassus
  • Captain Djatmiko, 328th Airborne Infantry/Kostrad
  • Sergeant Major Yaswanto, Kopassus
  • First Sergeant Manasye, Komando Rayon Militer
  • Sergeant 2nd class Joko, 752nd Battalion/Kostrad
  • Private Kasiyanto, 752nd Battalion/Kostrad
  • Private Misdiyono, 752nd Battalion/Kostrad
  • Private Mochtar, 752nd Battalion/Kostrad
  • Private Rudy, 752nd Battalion
  • Private Triyono, 752nd Battalion/Kostrad
  • Antonio Budi Afianto, Airfast technician
  • Darmanto
  • Michael Findlay, Airfast pilot
  • Jimmy Watusile
  • Unnamed civilian

Among those wounded was Airfast employee Sarjito.[14]

Two Kopassus and one Kostrad treated in Gatot Subroto Civilian in Pondok Indah Four in Jakarta


Sanurip was sentenced to death by a military tribunal in Jayapura on April 23, 1997.[15] After the decision was made public, Amnesty International uttered concerns, because the court had rejected evidence regarding Sanurip's mental health.[16]

The Military High Court in Surabaya dismissed his appeal on June 18, 1997, and also discharged him from the Indonesian Armed Forces and ordered him to pay a nominal court fee, whereupon he lodged an appeal to the Indonesian Supreme Court.[17]

He later died in a hospital.[18]

A military tribunal has sentenced to death a soldier who went on a shooting rampage in which he killed 16 people in Irian Jaya last year.

A military tribunal rejected the defence that Second Lieutenant Sanurip was suffering from malaria-induced depression

The defence said Sanurip, who collapsed when the sentence was passed, would appeal. Military experts said it would be the first execution by firing squad of a soldier in almost three decades and that it reflected Indonesia's wish to avoid diplomatic tension with New Zealand and Australia, where Mr Finlay's family lives.[19]

The shooting is currently the deadliest workplace shooting in modern history.


  1. ^ Liu, Jim. "Citilink adds new domestic sectors in Dec 2019/Jan 2020". Routesonline. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  2. ^ a b Musibah di Timika, Kompas (April 16, 1996)
  3. ^ a b c d ABRI Officer Kills 15 in Timika, Kompas (April 17, 1996)
  4. ^ a b 14 shot dead as Indonesian officer runs amok, The Australian (April 16, 1996)
  5. ^ "14 die in gun battle at New Guinea airport". San Francisco Chronicle. 1996-04-15. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
  6. ^ "Soldier kills 14 in Indonesian airport". The Independent. 1996-04-16. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
  7. ^ "16 people killed in Indonesian shooting". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 1996-04-15. Archived from the original on 2012-10-22. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
  8. ^ "15 killed, 12 injured in gun attack". The Irish Times. 1996-04-16. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
  9. ^ "Jarkarta probes killing of 15 in Irian Jaya". Papua New Guinea Post-Courier. 1996-04-17. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
  10. ^ Jakarta names NZ pilot killed in shooting, The Australian (April 17, 1996)
  11. ^ Six Victims of Timika Shooting Buried in Sorong, Indonesia Media Network (April 17, 1996)
  12. ^ Kopassus Berkabung, Bendera Setengah Tiang Berkibar di Tengah Republika (April 18, 1997)
  13. ^ Anggota ABRI Yang Tewas Dimakamkan di Irian Jaya, Kompas (April 17, 1996)
  14. ^ Penembak di Timika, Kemungkinan Pelaku Sudah Dibawa Ke Jakarta Republika (April 18, 1996)
  15. ^ "Pena de muerte". Amnesty International. 1997-04-25. Retrieved 2012-12-24.[permanent dead link]
  16. ^ Death penalty, Amnesty International (April 25, 1997)
  17. ^ Death Penalty Appeal in Timika Case, Amnesty International (September 18, 1997)
  18. ^ Awaiting Death, Tempo (December 8, 2003) (p. 33)
  19. ^ Soldier to face firing squad in Indonesia, The Age (April 24, 1997)

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