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12 people killed in PNG plane crash

Latest Update: April 14, 2016 | 153 Views
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A light aircraft crashed while trying to land in Papua New Guinea’s rugged Western province on Wednesday killing 12 people, Australian authorities and media said on Thursday.

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The Sunbird Aviation aircraft crashed into swamp just short of the Kiunga airport runway, killing all passengers and the Australian pilot, according to Australian Broadcasting Corp.

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More than 20 planes have crashed in Papua New Guinea since 2000, where the rugged terrain and shortage of connecting roads makes air travel crucial for many residents.

Reuters