9 Jul 2012

Third person missing in PNG helicopter crash named

9:21 pm on 9 July 2012

The name of the third person missing in a helicopter in dense forest in Papua New Guinea's Highlands has been released.

He is Emmett Fynn, a 36-year-old aircraft maintenance engineer from Australia.

The names of the pilots - New Zealander Anthony Annan, 49, and 42-year-old Russell Aitken from Australia - were released on Sunday night.

At the time Mr Fynn's family asked his name not be released, but have since changed their minds.

A third day of searching failed to find any sign of the men on Monday.

Searchers say they will use a helicopter fitted with a magnetometer on Tuesday. They hope its sensor, used to detect large mineral deposits, will pick up metal from the missing aircraft.