31 Aug 2010

Plane crashes on remote island in Papua New Guinea

10:03 pm on 31 August 2010

At least five people have been killed in a plane crash on a remote island in Papua New Guinea.

It is believed Australians are among those killed.

The ABC reports it appears a charter plane burst into flames after landing at Misima Island, 200km off PNG's south-east coast on Tuesday afternoon.

Brisbane-based company Australian Reef Pilots says one of its marine pilots was on the plane.

The company's managing director, Craig Southerwood, says he believes there were five others on the plane and only one person survived.

Mr Southerwood said the company's pilot was due to board a boat from Misima Island and guide it into Australian waters.

Authorities in Papua New Guinea confirmed a plane had crashed, but could not say how many people were on board.