Australian thought to be among dead in PNG plane crash

A PLANE crash in Papua New Guinea has killed 12, including the pilot who is thought to be an Australian citizen.

Vasil Wifo, a former staffer of Sunbird Aviation, confirmed one of its two aircrafts had gone down.

He told New Zealand media "12 bodies are now in the morgue in Kiunga Hospital".

"It's terrible news, everyone feels really low and really sad," he said.

"It's something we don't expect to happen every day."

Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed it is aware that a Sunbird plane travelling from Oksapmin to Kiunga in Papua New Guinea's Western Province had crashed.

"Our thoughts are with the passengers and crew of the aircraft and their families.

"The Australian High Commission in Port Moresby is liaising closely with local authorities to determine whether Australians were on board the aircraft.

"We stand ready to provide consular support to victims and families of Australians who may be involved."