Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Media accused of pro-protester bias in Ferguson

Read more

DEBATE

The Murderous Lure of Jihad: Tackiling ISIS and its Worldwide Recruitment (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

The Murderous Lure of Jihad: Tackiling ISIS and its Worldwide Recruitment

Read more

FOCUS

Republicans block Obama's bid to hike minimum wage

Read more

WEB NEWS

Calls for ISIS media blackout after execution of James Foley

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users divided over Darren Wilson

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users take on 'Ice Bucket Challenge' to fight ALS

Read more

ENCORE!

From Paris's Liberation to 'arresting' art in Avignon

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Ferguson riots: Pressure mounts on Obama

Read more

  • US says Islamic State threat 'beyond anything we've seen'

    Read more

  • Two US Ebola patients leave hospital ‘virus-free’

    Read more

  • Hollande is ‘nobody’s president’ says former French minister

    Read more

  • Turkey’s Erdogan names foreign minister Davutoglu as next PM

    Read more

  • US reaches historic $16.7bn settlement with Bank of America

    Read more

  • Special report: Supplying Ukraine’s soldiers on the front line

    Read more

  • US forces tried to rescue slain reporter from IS captors

    Read more

  • Israeli air strike kills three top Hamas commanders

    Read more

  • France delivered arms to Syrian rebels, Hollande confirms

    Read more

  • Tensions high in Yemen as Shiite rebel deadline looms

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

  • French village rallies behind besieged elderly British couple

    Read more

  • Former Irish PM Albert Reynolds dies at 81

    Read more

  • Former Femen activist detained after fighting veiled woman

    Read more

  • Thailand coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha voted prime minister

    Read more

  • Brazil’s Silva launches bid after Campos plane crash death

    Read more

Asia-pacific

Tourist plane crashes killing 13

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-08-12

A small tourist plane has crashed into the rugged mountains of Papua New Guinea killing all 13 people on board, including 11 Australians, one Japanese and two local crew members.

AFP- Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd Wednesday said there were no survivors after a plane carrying 13 people, including nine Australians, crashed in mountains in Papua New Guinea.
   
Rudd said the Australian High Commission had been given the news by rescue officials who reached the wreckage on Wednesday, a day after the plane went down in rugged terrain en route to the popular tourist town of Kokoda.
   
"There were no survivors from the crash," Rudd told parliament. "This is distressing news for the families of those concerned."
   
"There is a horrible tragedy involved when families send off their loved ones for what they expect to be the experience of a lifetime only for it to turn into a tragedy such as this," he added.
   
Two of the dead were a father and daughter from the same family, Rudd said. Three Papua New Guineans and a Japanese were also on board.
   
Australia had sent a navy ship, three helicopters and two planes to help in the search after the 20-seat aircraft disappeared on Tuesday.
   
Kokoda is a popular destination for Australians as it hosts a hiking trail through the site of a bloody World War II battle between Australian and Japanese troops.

Date created : 2009-08-12

COMMENT(S)