Monday, September 22, 2014

Prime Minister expresses condolences following aircraft crash

The Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, has expressed deep and sincere condolences to the families of the passengers and crew of the Twin Otter aircraft that crashed on approach to Port Moresby on 20 September.
“The thoughts of the nation are with the families of the four people who lost their lives, and we pray for the recovery of the five survivors.
“To families in Papua New Guinea and Australia who are experiencing terrible grief right now, our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
The Prime Minister assured the families of those involved in the crash, and the public, that the cause of the crash will be full investigated.
“The Minister for Civil Aviation, Steven Davies, has ensured that I was briefed on the incident since soon after it occurred.
“Now the Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission is working to establish the cause of this incident.
“I commend the response of emergency services and the members of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.  These personnel arrived soon after the flight went down and worked diligently to evacuate the injured, and respectfully remove those who did not survive.”
The Prime Minister asked that members of the public are sensitive to the feelings of the families impacted by the incident and do not engage in rumors particularly on social media.
“It is important that people do not jump to conclusions as to what caused the incident and as investigators undertake their analysis based on evidence.”
“I urge people on social media to be sensible and sensitive in what they post about the incident.”
PM O’Neill said as a country that relies heavily on air travel, any crash is of interest right around the nation.
“Air incidents such as this are close to the hearts of many in Papua New Guinea as we depend heavily on air transport for family and business travel.
“It must be remembered that air travel remains an overwhelmingly safe means of travel.  When an incident such as this occurs it is full investigated, and the results of that investigation are analyzed by Papua New Guinean and international experts for further action.”

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