14 Oct 2011

Few reported survivors from PNG plane crash

7:58 am on 14 October 2011

A plane carrying 32 people has crashed during a violent storm in Papua New Guinea.

It happened near the mouth of a river on the north coast, about 20 kilometres south of Madang.

Papua New Guinea's accident investigation commission says there have been fatalities

Villagers are reported to have told a government-owned radio station there are only four survivors.

The Airlines PNG Dash-8 aircraft had been on a scheduled flight, and it's reported that most of the passengers were parents travelling to Madang for a university graduation ceremony.