25 Feb 2005

Families of NZ pilots killed in PNG prepare for memorial at crash site

8:36 am on 25 February 2005

Investigations have begun into a plane crash in Papua New Guinea that killed two New Zealand pilots, as their families prepare for a memorial service near the crash site.

Captains Chris Hansen and Richard West died when their Missionary Aviation Fellowship Twin Otter went down near Wobagen in the west of the country on Tuesday.

The plane's cabin attendant and eight passengers survived.

The two men's bodies have been flown to Port Moresby for post-mortem examinations, as part of a coroner's investigation.

A Civil Aviation Authority accident investigation team is expected at the crash site on Monday.