Mr Leahy, 68, who runs Kiunga Aviation, was flying the plane
yesterday when the engine caught fire in mountainous terrain in
He is fighting for his life in a
The plane departed from Nadzab and was flying to the Baindoang airstrip. Richard's son, Nicholas, told AAP his father had reported "a loss of all pressure and total engine failure".
Nicholas Leahy says his father is an experienced and well-respected pilot. "Dad's been flying up here for 40 plus years," he said. "You'd be hard-pressed to find another bush pilot in New Guinea that's got more experience than him, especially in the mountain range which is his local area. His nick-name is Captain Cautious."