Link PNG crew safe: Airline

Air Niugini General Manager Dominic Kaumu has confirmed that the four Link PNG crew are safe and will be flown into Port Moresby today via Mt Hagen.

Two pilots, a loadmaster and a flight attendant were escorted to Mt Hagen by security personnel.

Kaumu said this was their priority as a company concerned for the safety of its staff.

Meantime, a source inside Air Niugini said commercial flights into the highlands region are to two ports – Goroka and Mt Hagen; the rest have been suspended, and that includes Mendi, Tari airport in Hela and Wapenamanda Airport in Enga Province.

He also dispelled rumours that Air Niugini staff have gone on strike over the burning of the Dash 8 aircraft in Mendi yesterday.

Salome Vincent