Airlines PNG crash landed one of its twin otter planes in Sasaremi airstrip, several kilometres away from the main district town of Balimo.
The plane carrying 11 passengers, two of which were experts, representing UN and World Vision while another is the brother of former Milne Bay Governor Tim Neville, a seven month pregnant lady and three kids including the officers from the National Cultural Commission and the two airline crew.
The event unfolded on Tuesday when they were on their way to Daru and Balimo. Eyes witnesses say the the plane was landing to refuel but slipped of the bumpy runway and was about to plunged itself into a lake when it burst its tyres and iron frames holding the tyres dugged their way into the wet clay soil that prevented the passengers going into the lake with the plane.
The airstrip is privately owned by a logging company Vanimo Jaya, but the strip has never been maintained for quite awhile. Small planes go into refuel at this airstrip before heading to other remote destination because there is no fuel in Daru..