12 people killed in PNG plane crash

Added On April 14, 2016

 SYDNEY, April 14 (Xinhua) -- Papua New Guinea has suffered another aviation mishap after a light plane carrying 12 people crashed into a swamp while landing at an airport in the nation's Western province.

Local media reported on Thursday all 12 people, including the Australian pilot, were killed. The nationalities of others on board are as yet unknown.
It's believed the twin-engine Britten Norman-Islander light plane suffered an engine failure mid-air before it crashed into a swamp, 1 kilometer short of the runway at Kiunga in central Papua New Guinean highlands on Wednesday afternoon.
The aircraft, operated by Sunbird Aviation, was travelling back to Kiunga from the remote Oksapmin in the Star Mountains, an area accessible only by air or foot.
Papua New Guinea has one of the most hazardous flying environments in the world with rugged mountainous terrain and unpredictable weather that consistently impeding navigation. Adding to the challenges, many landing strips are built on sharp ridges or cut out of the dense jungle.
PNG's civil aviation authority is investigating the crash.