Candles in memory of 28 plane crash victims

A candle-lit prayer service was held to remember those who lost their lives in the 2011 Airlines PNG Madang plane crash.

Students, staff and the extended Divine Word University community turned up at the university's memorial park to offer their prayers for the 28 who perished in the ill-fated flight on the eve of October 13, 2011.

From the total of 28 who died, most were parents of students at the university who were travelling to attend their children's Missioning Ceremony.


Also present during the service were John-Paul Matlam and Cecilia Bula who had lost family members in the crash.


Matlam, while speaking on behalf of the family members of the departed, expressed gratitude to the organizers for the evening's service and for the annual memorial services that were held in the past three years.


The university's chaplain, Fr John Ryan, in his final blessing encouraged those who lost their loved ones to always remain strong and know that their families are at peace in a better place.


“Your family members made that trip out of love for you so it is through love that you must remember them,” said Fr John.


This candle-lit prayer service marks the fourth anniversary of the plane crash.


Despite being four years after, the memories of those that were lost still lingers on throughout the minds of the university community.



By Gregory Jaze Avira