28 feared dead in plane crash with tourists in Papua New Guinea

Posted on October 14, 2011 • Filed under: Asia Pacific, Tourists Killed

Four people, including an Australian and a New Zealander, survived a fiery plane crash in dense forest in Papua New Guinea in which 28 are feared to have died, Australian officials said Friday. The Airlines PNG flight from the mountain gateway city of Lae to Madang, believed to be carrying parents travelling to see their children ahead of their university graduation, went down on Thursday as a violent storm closed in.“Airlines PNG and local authorities have advised that there were 28 passengers and four crew on board,” a spokeswoman for the Australian foreign ministry told AFP.“They understand that four people survived the crash, including one Australian pilot and one New Zealand pilot.” Papua New Guinea’s Accident Investigation Commission said weather had been poor when the Dash 8 came down in dense forest near the mouth of the Gogol River, about 20 kilometres (13 miles) from its destination. Read Article

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