Air Niugini sends body of passenger killed in Chuuk crash home

Boaters on Weno island in Chuuk, in the Federated States of Micronesia respond to the crash of Air Niugini Flight 73 earlier this morning in Chuuk. All 46 people aboard are safe, said airport Manager Jimmy Emilio. Picture: Courtesy of Bill Davis through PACNEWS

PORT MORESBY, 09 OCTOBER 2018 (POST COURIER) – Air Niugini has confirmed that, on Sunday October 7, the repatriation of the body of the deceased passenger from PX 073, Eko Cahyanto Singgih began the trip to his family’s home village in Java, Indonesia.

On Sunday morning, at Chuuk airport a little before 4.30 local time, government representatives from the highest levels of the Federated States of Micronesia attended a solemn ceremony as the body was boarded onto Flight PX 5071 for the first part of the journey to Port Moresby, arriving at Jacksons International Airport at little over 3 hours later.

At the airport, the casket was met by representatives of Air Niugini and was then taken to a funeral home in Port Moresby.

The casket remained there briefly until it was placed on the flight to Singapore on Monday afternoon October 8 and later onto Indonesia.

A specialist team brought in by the airline accompanied the body throughout the entire repatriation journey to Indonesia, in addition, some Indonesian employees of Air Niugini also made the journey to ensure the family of Eko Cahyanto Singgih have all the help they need at this most difficult time.

Air Niugini understands the importance of air travel to the region and keeping commitments to their valued customers.

Air Niugini gave its assurance to reassure the public that safety is always paramount of their commitment.

Air Niugini, as a member of International Air Transport Association (IATA), has for the last 9 years also been part of IATA’s prestigious and comprehensive Operational Safety Audit.

In keeping with the objectives of the Operational Safety Audit, following the accident, Air Niugini has undertaken a full risk assessment review of the Chuuk to Pohnpei route.

Having completed that safety review, flights will continue using both their Boeing and Fokker aircrafts.

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