Tragedy at kokoda track

FLIGHT CG4684 was lost  at the kokoda track before it was missing.

The Twin Otter did not circle above the clouds at Kokoda – a grass airstrip that hasn’t changed much since the 1930s – and buzz through a hole to land in the valley for its scheduled 11.20am arrival.

It would then be 24 hours before hopes would be officially doomed.

For now, speculation will have to substitute for facts in the tragedy of Flight CG4684. Yet the simplest conclusion is the pilot flew into cloud before slamming into hills near Isurava, south of Kokoda.

It was just another flight, less than half an hour in the air, in a country where short flights are akin to bus rides given the natural obstacles of the jungle terrain.

Heartbroken relatives of the Victorian trekkers who died in the Papua New Guinea plane crash – including a father and daughter – broke down this afternoon after it was confirmed that there were no survivors in the kokoda trail tragedy.

The Courier-Mail reports that the ill-fated plane hit the tree-covered mountainside about 1650m above sea level. A fellow pilot and former air safety investigator, David Inau, flew over the site early today before weather conditions worsened.

Why trek the kokoda trail?

The Kokoda Trail is one of the world’s great treks, linking the southern and northern coast of Papua New Guinea, it is a challenge to be enjoyed by the fit bushwalker.

The Kokoda Trail and Sogeri area have a history of bitter fighting between Australian and Japanese armies during the early days of the war in the Pacific in World War II.

The 96 km Kokoda trail passes through rugged mountainous country of rainforest, jungles of fern, orchids, birds and clean mountain streams which tumble into steep valleys.

The unspoilt villages throughout the Kokoda Track will welcome you and the Koiari and Orokaiva people will greet you with smiles and tempt you with seasonal fruit and vegetables.

Kokoda Track campaign – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This article concerns the World War II military campaign. For more general information, see the Kokoda Track article. For the film, see Kokoda (film).
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kokoda_Track_campaign

A former decorated West Australian actor and musician is among those killed in the Kokoda plane crash.

Matthew Leonard, 28, a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, is among nine Australians who were on the plane.
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