Date & Time: Nov 25, 2013 at 1330 LT
Kikori - Gobe
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Seven persons escaped with minor scratches when their Cessna Grand Caravan crash-landed on a river in Kibeni in Gulf province. Up to date, rescuers were still looking for three other passengers of the single-engine aircraft operated by Tropicair. The seven survivors, including the pilot, were airlifted to an Oil Search camp at Kopi, in Gulf. Sources told The National that the pilot sent out a distress signal shortly after leaving Kikori for Gobe. They said the cause for the distress signal was not yet known. It is believed the pilot had intended to make an emergency landing on a small airstrip but might have found it too risky as the runway had not been used for some time. The pilot then crash-landed on the river at about 1330LT. Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission’s chief executive, Capt David Inau, said rescuers were at the scene within minutes and confirmed that seven persons on board the plane had been accounted for.