An Australian engineer on board the helicopter that went missing near Mt Hagen in Western Highlands province has been identified and named.
He is Emmett Fynn (photo attached), aged 36. He was born in Lae and got his formal education there and in Port Moresby.
Mr Fynn began his engineering career in 1993 starting with Hawker De Havilland, then Turbomeca Australasia, followed by Hawker Pacific before accepting his current position in 2009. He trained and worked in the US, Britain, Australia, as well as PNG.
He has been missing since the helicopter operated by Hevilift Ltd went down on the afternoon of Friday, July 06, in Mt Hagen. Also on board the helicopter were two other pilots. They were all employees of Hevilift.
With his broad knowledge and understanding of PNG culture, Mr Fynn is really a respected and well known by many local people.Apart from his work, he has helped many locals with kind assistants. He recently, assisted a local family in Mt Hagen with medical assistance, food and clothing to support them after the mother unexpectedly gave birth to triplets.
Hevilift representative said his family greatly appreciate the assistance provided by the Australian High Commission, Hevilift and all of those involved in the on-going search and rescue efforts.
They were also grateful to receive a personal message from the PNG Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill.
Meanwhile, the search is still continuing to find the missing helicopter wreckage and the three Crew on board.