Mozes Kilangin International Airport

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Mozes Kilangin Airport
Mozes Kilangin Airport (Timika).JPG
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
TIM is located in Papua
Location of airport in Papua
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: TIMICAO: WAYY old: WABP).

Airlines and destinations[edit]

Airlines Destinations
Airfast Indonesia Makassar Denpasar Jayapura
Garuda Indonesia Denpasar, Jakarta–Soekarno–Hatta, Jayapura, Makassar, Manado, Nabire, Sorong
Susi Air Alama, Beoga, Jila, Jita, Mapanduma, Paro, Tsinga, Wangbe
Sriwijaya Air Jayapura, Makassar, Sorong

1996 shooting incident[edit]

Timika Airport shooting
Location Tembagapura, Papua, Indonesia
Date April 15, 1996
7:00 a.m. (WIT)
Target Soldiers at Timika Airport
Attack type
Mass murder
Weapons Assault rifle (Pindad SS1?)
Deaths 16
Non-fatal injuries
Perpetrator Second Lieutenant Sanurip

Early reports[edit]

  • Yesterday's slaughter followed the machete killing of two Indonesian soldiers from the Irian Jaya-based Battalion 752 at the weekend. Sources said that the two had been hacked to death at the village of Senawan near Mapnduma, 180 km north-east of Timika, after an incident involving a local woman. According to one report, the lieutenant had escorted the two soldier's bodies back to Timika and had become highly agitated after viewing the remains. Indonesian army sources said the lieutenant had been suffering from malaria.
  • Kopassus detachments, including a section from D-81, had been deployed to Irian Jaya following the serious rioting in the Timika area last month. They were part of a group of around 500 extra troops sent in to restore order after the troubles in which four people died. This was the second serious incident to occur in Timika in recent weeks. Last month local tribesmen held Kopassus commander, Brig Gen Prabowo and a Freeport manager hostage at the airport for several hours until they were dispersed by Indonesianarmy detachments.
  • Yesterday's shooting took place two days after the chairman of Freeport McMoran Copper and Gold, Mr James Moffett, flew to Timika to discuss a revised offer of financial assistance from Freeport with local Irianese leaders. Three weeks ago a number of tribal chiefs living in the area of Freeport's mining operations called for the closure of the mine, claiming that the US company had contributed little to welfare of the local Irianese. The demand was flatly rejected by the Govt in Jakarta. Last month Mr Moffett promised to review the company's strategy for dealing with Timika tribespeople. According to unconfirmed reports, Freeport has offered about $US15 million a year for community training projects and measures to reduce the environmental impact of the world's copper and gold mine.[1]
  • Two other members of the 752nd Battalion, Sgt. Irkam and Sgt. Subiyanto, who died because of the GPK Irian Jaya in Senewak village, on Sunday (4/14) at 12:10 PM Eastern Indonesian time.
  • The two members of the Armed Forves was killed by the GPK who disguised themselves as local civilian vegetable vendors.[2]
  • An Indonesian military spokesman said Sanurip had recently returned from a military operation near a gold and copper mine in Timika, which is operated by the American mining giant Freeport, when he opened fire. Freeport had been forced to close the mine after three days of rioting.
  • Tribal separatists in Irian Jaya say the mine, which is protected by Indonesian troops, strips vast profits from the province and returns little.[3]


According to military spokesmen Kopassus Second Lieutenant Sanurip, 36, 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.[4][5]

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.[1][5]

Sanurip was eventually shot in the leg and subdued by other soldiers.[6]



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.[5]

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.[4][5][10]

Also repudiated were initial reports that there was a heated argument between Sanurip and his superiors prior to the shooting.[1] [11]


Among those killed were:[2][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.[3]


  1. ^ a b c 14 shot dead as Indonesian officer runs amok, The Australian (April 16, 1996)
  2. ^ a b Six Victims of Timika Shooting Buried in Sorong, Indonesia Media Network (April 17, 1996)
  3. ^ a b Soldier to face firing squad in Indonesia, The Age (April 24, 1997)
  4. ^ a b Musibah di Timika, Kompas (April 16, 1996)
  5. ^ a b c d ABRI Officer Kills 15 in Timika, Kompas (April 17, 1996)
  6. ^ "14 die in gun battle at New Guinea airport". San Francisco Chronicle. 1996-04-15. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  7. ^ "Soldier kills 14 in Indonesian airport". The Independent. 1996-04-16. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  8. ^ "16 people killed in Indonesian shooting". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 1996-04-15. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  9. ^ "15 killed, 12 injured in gun attack". The Irish Times. 1996-04-16. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  10. ^ "Jarkarta probes killing of 15 in Irian Jaya". Papua New Guinea Post-Courier. 1996-04-17. Retrieved 2012-12-24. 
  11. ^ Jakarta names NZ pilot killed in shooting, The Australian (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. 
  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)

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