PNG’s Aviation Industry: An Accident Waiting to Happen
PNG is one of the most hazardous flying environments in the world and it’s safe to state that anybody who’s ever lived in PNG will know of somebody or will at least have heard of some sort of harrowing flying “incident”.
Recent years have seen a disturbing number of crashes which were all poorly investigated due to corruption and lack of resources. Safety standards have fallen off the edge and there are valid concerns about PNG’s inadequate aviation safety systems.
In the past seven years, 19 crashes have never been looked into properly. The crash of Patrick Kundin’s plane eighteen months ago is a prime example of the system’s breakdown. Due process was not allowed to take place. The wreckage was plundered and the recordings of the crews distress calls were wiped out. With no legal framework to back air investigation teams, investigators are powerless.
I’ve been involved in a few myself, but luckily nothing serious – yet.
I say “yet” because after you see the following interview you’ll be thinking the exact same thing too:
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~ by Tavurvur on December 9, 2008.
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