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12 killed in plane crash in remote Papua New Guinea

14 April 2016, 11:20

Sydney — Twelve people, including three children, have been killed after their light plane crashed in a remote part of Papua New Guinea.

Papua New Guinea's Western Provincial Police Commander Joseph Puri said the fixed-wing aircraft was approaching an airport in the port town of Kiunga in the country's west on Wednesday afternoon when it crashed into a shallow swamp. Air crash investigators were trying on Thursday to determine what caused the accident.

A helicopter pilot from a local drilling company spotted the crash and transported three survivors to the Kiunga hospital. Puri says all three were declared dead on arrival.

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says one Australian man was among those killed on board the Sunbird Aviation aircraft.

- AP


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