Sat, Oct 15, 2011
Four Of The 32 People Aboard The Aircraft Reportedly
Reports out of Papua New Guinea indicate that an Airlines PNG
Dash 8 went down Thursday in a storm on a flight from Lae to
Madang. The flight was reportedly carrying parents on their way to
a university graduation.
There were 32 people on board the flight, and early media
reports are that four have survived, according to the Australian
foreign ministry. Two of the survivors included the pilots who were
from Australia and New Zealand.
The French news service AFP reports that the Papua New Guinea
Accident Investigation Commission said the plane went down in poor
weather near the mouth of the Gogla River just 13 miles short of
its destination. It was not known if the weather caused the
accident, or what other factors may have been involved.
The airplane reportedly broke in half after impact, and one
survivor said he was able to escape through a break in the
fuselage. Along with the pilots and the one passenger, the fourth
survivor was a crewmember on the plane.
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