Mystery plane suspected in drug run

Port Moresby
- Police in Port Moresby suspect that a Cessna 402C twin engine plane that crashed in a hidden airstrip near Papa-Lealea was part of a drug running operation. It is believed that the crashed happened during takeoff. 

Police suspect that the pilot was supposed to pickup the drugs between 1 pm - 2:30 pm on Sunday but crashed while attempting to takeoff. 

The pilot, David John Cutmore, has reportedly turned himself in at the Australian High Commission and is assisting police with their investigations. 

Cutmore, who does not have a passport, has been charged with illegal entry, according to the acting Chief Immigration Officer Robert Kennedy. It is understood that he is being interrogated by Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers in a secure location in the city.  

Meanwhile, according to an investigation by PNGiCentral, the Cessna 402C twin engine with registration number VH-TSI is registered to Port Moresby based company RAVENPOL NO. 69 Limited in the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (ACASA) database. However, the sole shareholder and owner of the company, Geoffrey Paul Bull, died under violent circumstances last August. 

According to public records, the plane had two scheduled flights from Mareeba in Queensland, Australia on July 26, 2020. The first flight lasted 51 minutes. The second flight never arrived. 

Police investigations are continuing.  

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