From Bruce Copeland
I am sending this report on the understanding that if I were in
There are three investigations taking place. There are those conducted by the Australian and PNG Government.There is a third conducted by the community through the media.
The PNG media has been most professional and caring in this matter. But they quietly print reports that give the basics to aviation in the Kokoda area.
The investigation was started by the media in reporting villagers hearing an aircraft in the gorge. Warren Bartlett stated that the airstrip should have cone markers. This is a day time strip. He was talking of fog.
In Post Courier today there is one letter to the editor talking of lack even of the basics in navigational aids such as cone markers and windsocks and an HF radio.
A letter to the editor in The National refers to the need to upgrade the strip that is covered with cloud and fog more often than not. The point is made that if measures are taken to lengthen and to widen the strip with other markers put in place, the crash could have been avoided.
All people in
The weather report put the storm as covering the
A blog on website refers to a female pilot flying up the Eora Creek Gorge as part of her return to
We do not have to worry about community input. There is accurate insight in the street. It is valid practice for any investigation to take note of the input from media coverage.
There is no finger pointing except criticism of Government
which is routine for newspapers. Let us hope that there is focus on command and control in decisions to fly or not to fly.
Those of us who trek including porters are quite horrified by the crash. I meet them in the street daily.