The aircraft was flying in the robust west of the Pacific nation on Wednesday day when its engine failed midair, sending it into a nosedive, the PNG Broadcasting Corporation said. It crashed right into a swamp close.
We struck a disaster, a plane crash,” Kiunga’s police commander Joe Puri told local media.
“A small plane that arrived from Oksapmin before landing crashed into the swamp, with the passengers, including the pilot, dead.”
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed among its own nationals was that it crashed on approach and on the Sunbird Aviation flight.
“We continue to work closely with Papua New Guinea authorities,” a without verifying whether or not he was the aviator a department spokesman told AFP.
“Our thoughts are with the passengers and crew of the aircraft and their families. Due to privacy obligations, we are not able to provide additional advice.”