14 Oct 2009

Remains found two months after PNG Kokoda plane crash

7:15 am on 14 October 2009

Papua New Guinea villagers are seeking compensation over a fatal plane crash near the Kokoda Track, as more human remains were found near the crash site.

The landowners say they will allow Australian authorities to erect a memorial to the 13 victims, including nine Australians, on the site of the August the 11th crash, but are demanding compensation for environmental damage to their land caused by the accident.

A PNG police team accompanied by Australian deputy high commissioner to PNG, John Feakes, flew to the crash site on Friday to verify claims by Hagutava villagers that they had found human remains there almost two months after the crash.

A spokesperson from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told PNG's The National newspaper that local villagers had handed over the remains to the team, which were then brought back to Port Moresby.

He says the remains are now in police custody at the morgue and will be handled in accordance with the wishes of the victims' families.