The Australian pilot of the mystery aircraft which crash-landed outside Port Moresby on Sunday has been found and charged with illegal entry.
The National newspaper reports that Papua New Guinea's acting chief migration officer, Robert Kennedy, said the pilot, David John Cutmore, had been charged under the Migration Act.
He said a separate police investigation is also underway.
Cutmore was not carrying a passport.
Villagers 30 kilometres west of Port Moresby found the damaged and burning aircraft at the end of a cleared strip of land on Sunday afternoon.
The pilot and cargo were missing.
PNG Prime Minister James Marape called on Australian police assistance after initial investigations suggested drug trafficking was involved.