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By Tom Kathoa

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Nov. 4) – Air Niugini and Civil Aviation officials in East New Britain have been tight-lipped about a foreign private jet aircraft that made a brief stopover at the Tokua Airport in Rabaul, East New Britain, in Papua New Guinea, at the weekend.

The aircraft, which looked very similar to the one that made an illegal landing at the decommissioned Aropa Airport on Bougainville last month and is now impounded at the Tokua Airport, is believed to have flown in some American visitors to the province on Saturday.

The visitors spent several hours in the province but their itinerary and their reasons for visiting are not known.

Air Niugini and Civil Aviation officials declined speak about the issue except to say that the pilot of the aircraft refused any assistance from ground staff.

Sources said that the aircraft flew out of Tokua Airport at 7 p.m. under suspicious circumstances.

The earlier impounded jet aircraft was reported to have flown in the leader of the failed fast money scheme U-Vistract, Noah Musinngku and two foreigners who are believed to be in the No-Go-Zone area of Panguna.

A court has also ordered that the jet at Tokua Airport be flown to Port Moresby by tomorrow.

November 5, 2004

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