Thirty-two people were aboard the aircraft that went down in dense forest about 20 km south of Madang. It was on a flight from Lae and crashed at about 5 pm..
Local villagers told the National Broadcasting Commission they believed there were four survivors.
“‘All I can tell you is there have been reports of survivors and reports there have been fatalities,’’ PNG Accident Investigation Commission’s spokesman, Sid O’Toole, told AAP.
He said it wasn’t clear how many survivors there were, although reports this moning suggested both pilots were among them.
Local firefighter Joe Dunar said the crash happened at Gogol and that rescuers had reached the scene at about 9 pm.
The thoughts of PNG Attitude and its readers are with the families and friends of the victims.
Photo: Airlines PNG Dash 8 at Mt Hagen airport [Peter Kranz]
Sources: ANC, NBC, AAP, 14 October