Plane Crash Kills 12 In Papua New Guinea

At least 12 people have been killed, after a light aircraft crashed, whilst attempting to land, in southwestern Papua New Guinea.

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.

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.

The rugged terrain, and shortage of connecting roads, makes air travel crucial for many residents in Papua New Guinea, but also presents challenges for pilots. More than 20 planes have crashed in the country since 2000.

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