PNG AUTHORITIES RELEASE IDENTITY OF PLANE CRASH VICTIMS

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (June 20, 1999 - PACNEWS)---Papua New Guinea’s Office of Civil Aviation has released the names of the 17 people killed in last Thursday’s plane crash in the Eastern Highlands.

Killed in the crash were three Australians, including pilot Captain A. Andrews, four Koreans, two Dutch nationals, and Indian and seven Papua New Guineans. (See: http://www.wr.com.au/national/990621n2.htm)

The PNG Civil Aviation Department said the cause of the accident has not yet been determined. An investigation is continuing.

The Brazilian-built Bandeirante aircraft, operated by PNG domestic carrier Airlink, was reportedly flying normally before the crash.

Its last radio transmission gave no indication of trouble.

The plane crashed in rugged terrain near the Goroka airstrip as it was making a landing approach.

It was the second fatal Airlink crash this year. A Britten Norman Islander broke up in flight in West New Britain in February, killing 11.

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