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A formal investigation has been commissioned into reports by residents of Alotau about unusual random flights at odd hours over the last few weeks.
Civil Aviation Minister, Davis Steven, says appropriate action has been taken to establish facts and circumstances of these reported activities.
He says, this unidentified aircraft has been flying at very low altitudes, just over roof tops, prompting local politicians to raise the matter with the National Government, and relevant authorities.
"Our position in civil aviation right now is that we've takem the matter seriously.
"I have now commissioned an investigation into this matter, meaning that I have directed the Director for Safety and Security in the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to enquire into the circumstances and to provide a report so that we can take a appropriate action," Minister Steven said.
He says preliminary reports reaching them at this stage have had unfortunately these are unrecorded and unauthorized aviation activities and could be a serious breach of international laws.
The Gurney airspace is incapable of handling night flights, and if there are such flights, it should be authorized and flying at the prescribed altitude of 1,400 meters.
Mr. Stevens says, he will be providing a detailed statement on the issue after the Easter weekend. NBC News/ PNGfacts
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