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  • Crash: Many feared dead in PNG plane crash

    Crash: PNG DH8A near Madang on Oct 13th 2011, impacted terrain

    There are unconfirmed reports of possibly 4 survivors, however, the fate of the occupants is unclear as of current

    Many feared dead in PNG plane crash

    A passenger plane carrying 32 people crashed near the Papua New Guinea coast, officials said yesterday, with witness reports saying only four people on board had survived.
    The Airlines PNG Dash-8 was flying from the mountain gateway city of Lae to coastal Madang when it crashed around 5pm local time (0800 GMT), killing a number on board, the Australian Accident Investigation Commission said.
    “There has been an aircraft accident here involving Airlines of Papua New Guinea,” said AIC investigator Sid O’Toole.
    O’Toole was unable to confirm the number of casualties, but witnesses told local media only four on board had survived “There were 32 people on board and there are some survivors and some fatalities,” he said.
    O’Toole said there had been “adverse weather around the area at the time” but could not confirm witness reports of a violent and sudden storm ahead of the crash, 20km south of Madang near the mouth of the Gogol river.
    Most on board were believed to be the families of local university students travelling to a weekend graduation ceremony, according to media reports, which also cited witnesses seeing flames. ...düüüse Im Sauseschritt

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    Aussie, NZ pilots survive PNG crash

    An Australian pilot has survived a plane crash in Papua New Guinea's north coast in which 28 people are believed to have died.
    Only four people are believed to have survived the crash in dense forest, near the mouth of the Gogol River, about 20 kilometres south of the resort centre of Madang.

    Airlines PNG Dash 8 plane, which was carrying 32 people, was on a flight from Lae, PNG's second largest city, to Madang, when it crashed about 5pm (6pm AEDT) yesterday.

    "All I can tell you is there have been reports of survivors and reports there have been fatalities," the PNG Accident Investigation Commission's (AIC) spokesman, Sid O'Toole, told AAP.

    He said it wasn't clear how many survivors there were.

    The 64-year-old Australian pilot, from Queensland, has decades of experience flying in PNG.

    The other survivor was a New Zealand pilot, a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) spokeswoman said.

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