By Fabian Hakalits – EM TV News, Port Moresy
Remains of the Australian pilot who died in the fatal aviation accident at Kiunga, Western province on Wednesday April 13, will remain Papua New Guinea’s state property until the investigation process is complete.
PNG Accident Investigation Commission Chief Executive Officer, David Inau, confirmed this in an exclusive interview with EMTV.
Inau said that the late pilot’s body, with the 11 other Papua New Guinea’s, will undergo a post mortem to help investigators complete the investigation processes.
The CEO said that the government of Papua New Guinea is in close consultation with the Australian High Commission, following the death of the Australian pilot.
“We have briefed the Australian High Commission on the processes that are involved and they have agreed on that. We have contacted the father of the late pilot,” he said.
Inau says until then, bodies remain the state properly, until final investigation is complete.
“We have made arrangemen’s with the hospital, coroner and pathologists here in Port Moresby.
“We are now waiting for the company to repatriate the body from Kiunga to Port Moresby to undergo a post mortem as part of our investigation,” he said.
Mr Inau said that once investigations are completed, the body of the Australian pilot will be repatriated to Australia for his final resting.
“We extend our condolences to the families and prayers are with them in this time of loss.”