Unregistered aircrafts sighted in PNG’skies

Several unregistered aircrafts have been sighted in PNG’skies in Milne Bey and Morobe province.


The matter was brought up in parliament by boththe Kiriwina Good enough MP and Morobe Governor Kelly Naru.

The Kiriwina Good enough MP DouglasTomuriesa spoke of sightings of aircrafts at odd hours in Milne Bey skies.


“Are we allowing illegal activity in our airspace, and isthere a security breach?”, asked MP Tomuriesa.


Minister for Civil Aviation Davis Steven in response sain PNG does not havethe technology to protect its airspace, but his Ministry will not tolerate any breach.


Minister Davies saidthe fact is monitoring capability only caters for 200 miles radius out of Port Moresby.


Minister Davies sain PNG needs to protect its airspace and start charging for the use of its airspace.


He announcedthe installation of satellite monitoring technology to be installed inthe next two years.


“When that has been installed every valley, every mountain, every river, every coast land in Papua New Guineawill be monitored,” said Minister Davies.


Minister Davies confirmedthe unregistered light aircraft spotted in Morobe’skies was Australian.


“The light aircraft involved is Australian registered but not Papua New Guinearegistered. There are people today in this sector who think that Papua New Guineaand its airspace can be entered and abused at any time,” Minister Davies said.


Morobe Governor Kelly Naru was concerned that air controllers at Nazab had been transferred to Port Moresby.


Minister Davies assured safety is paramount andthe transfer would have not been made without due consideration.

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