Acting Prime Minister and MP for East
Malaita, Hon Manasseh Maelanga, has expressed shock at the number of deaths
from a plane crash in neighboring Papua New Guinea on Thursday.
Twenty-eight passengers died when the Dash 8 aircraft crashed south west of the northern city of Madang last Thursday.
Four people, including two expatriate pilots and a cabin crewmember survived.
“The plane crash is not only tragic but reminds all of us that we have little or no control over what can happen, “Acting Prime Minister Maelanga said in a short statement yesterday.
Hon Maelanga appeals to Solomon Islands’ Christians to remember the surviving family members in their prayers in this time of bereavement.
“Solomon Islands and PNG share many things in common and it is only proper that they unite in spirit in moments like this,” he said.
“We know it is not easy and all we can do is to help pray for strength to the families who have lost loved ones.”
The Acting Prime Minister expressed his condolences and said messages of sympathy and condolences would be conveyed through appropriate channel in due course.
“For now, I wish to convey on behalf of the people and government of Solomon Islands our sympathies and condolences to the families of those who died in the crash,” Acting Prime Minister Maelanga said.
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