Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Four travelled with swapped airline tickets

Source: Post Courier, Wednesday October 25, 2011
WORK by forensic personnel in Madang have revealed a total of four people had travelled on that ill-fated Airlines PNG Dash Eight flight using tickets which did not belong to them.
Reports which had surfaced soon after the crash at Marakum on Thursday October 13 had initially revealed that two people had made the swap which had cost them their life.
However, yesterday police revealed there to be an additional two more bringing the total to four the number of people who had made the deadly swap.
Madang’s Officer in Charge of Criminal Investigations Division Steven Yalamu said the initial two were Bernard James who had travelled as Petrus Akau and Divu Langa who had that day travelled as Ronald Dibi.
Mr Yalamu said the other two passengers who had also made the deadly swap were Michael Amphry who travelled as Otte Samson and Ase Bill who travelled as Saiyong Anki whose names had appeared on the flight manifest which had been released by APNG.
He said it is understood these passengers had boarded at Nadzab and were all employees of a Kimbe based firm named as Bismark Enterprise.
He said the discoveries were made after police released a list last Friday calling on relatives of the remaining 10 victims who had not provided anti-mortem samples to be sent to Australia to help experts positively identify the remains of the 28 passengers who perished in that fatal accident off the South of Raicoast.
He said the relatives of these victims were all based in Kimbe and that they would be making their way to Kimbe to give samples.
Mr Yalamu said the relatives of another of the crash victims named as Keukeu Thomas had travelled in from Port Moresby and had given samples and these would also be sent to Australia for DNA tests to be carried out so that his remains could be identified.
Meanwhile Mr Yalamu also confirmed that the remains of Sidi Abore, was cleared last Friday by authorities for release.
He said the Late Mr Abore’s relatives from Siar had taken his remains to Funeral Home and yesterday taken to his Siar village where he was farewelled and buried.

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