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Funds Needed to Complete Investigation


By Fabian Hakalits – EMTV News Port Moresby

The fatal aviation accident in Kiunga, Western province, is the 36th case investigated by the PNG Accident Investigation Commission.

Since established in 2010 funding has remained a challenge, says Chief Executive Officer, David Inau.

With the recent fatal aviation accident in Kiunga on April 13, it again asks the national government when will it appropriate funds to the PNG Accident Investigation Commission.

In an exclusive interview with EMTV, Inau revealed that the commission has not been adequately funded, which limits them from doing more.

“Funding has been one of our major concerns in performing our roles and function as the accidents investigation commission,” he said.

With aviation accidents slowly increasing, and with a level of funding support, Inau was concerned this could halt future investigations.

With regard to the fatal aviation accident in Kiunga, a request of K500,000 is urgently needed to complete the investigation.

“The Chief Secretary’s office has been informed. I will follow up. I hope the Prime Minister’s office and the government can allocate immediate funding to complete these investigations.”

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