PNG Air Investigation Commission to Assist Pacific Neighbors in Crash Investigations

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The Papua New Guinea Accident Investigation Commission will be assisting Pacific Island nations to investigate crash incidents in 2019.

Civil Aviation Minister Alfred Manase says PNGAIC is receiving formal invitations from Government agencies and discussions are progressing.

Minister Manase said AIC is also building its capacity and purchasing high technology equipment to fast-track investigations.

Manase says officials PNG have initiated dialogue with neighboring government agencies with more showing interest.

“we are being called upon by our Pacific friends and neighbors to help them out whenever they are in these kind of situations” says Manase.

While there is much hype for PNG to be a leader in aviation investigation, AIC is also revamping its capacity with more investigators and more state-of-the-art equipment to assist in investigations.

Manase said with the current economic status AIC is budgeting to order the necessary equipment and stay par with changing technology.

“In order to help them we’ve got to build up on capacity and that’s what AIC is targeting at the moment,” says Minister Manase.

The PNG Government will be signing formal agreements with Pacific nations for AIC to explain its services in the region.