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Australian PM:  No Survivors in Papua New Guinea Plane Crash


Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd says there were no survivors in the wreckage of a plane that crashed in Papua New Guinea.

Mr. Rudd made the announcement Wednesday during a parliamentary session in Canberra, telling lawmakers that rescue crews on the ground had confirmed the loss of life.

The plane was carrying 11 passengers and two crew members on a flight Tuesday from the capital Port Moresby to Kokoda Track, a mountainous, 97-kilometer hiking trail popular with tourists.

The pilot was trying to land in bad weather when ground controllers lost contact.

The plane was carrying nine Australians - including a man and his daughter -- one Japanese national and three Papua New Guineans.

Mr. Rudd called the incident "a horrible tragedy."

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.

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