14 Aug 2009

Air crash bodies returned to PNG capital

9:29 pm on 14 August 2009

The first bodies of 13 people who were killed in a charter plane crash in Papua New Guinea have been returned to the capital Port Moresby.

They were met by the wailing of grieving locals who had gathered to see their return and ambulances, which transported the remains to a nearby funeral home on Friday.

It is not clear at this stage whether those bodies are of the Australians or belong to others who were on board the flight, which crashed into mountains near the Kokoda Track on Tuesday, the ABC website reports.

Nine Australians were among the 13 passengers who died when the small Twin Otter aircraft crashed.

Police in Papua New Guinea will carry out formal identification before the remains are returned to their families.