12 Aug 2010

Victims of Papua New Guinea's Kokoda plane tragedy remembered

1:36 pm on 12 August 2010

Commemorations were held yesterday to mark the first anniversary of the Kokoda plane crash in Papua New Guinea in which 13 people, including nine Australians, died.

A year ago on Wednesday a twin-engined aircraft slammed into the side of a hill en route to the Kokoda Track.

Last week, the PNG government promised to complete an accident investigation report on the Kokoda crash by November.

Yesteday Australia's Foreign Minister Stephen Smith extended condolences to all relatives of the crash victims and said Australia was looking forward to the report's completion.

Airlines PNG chairman Simon Wild said in a statement on Wednesday that the company still mourned the loss of friends, loved ones and colleagues in the tragedy.

PNG's Kokoda Track Authority chairman James Enage also extended condolences to the bereaved families, describing the crash as an enormous tragedy that has affected all involved with the Kokoda Track.