An Air Niugini aircraft was set on fire at Mendi airport in Southern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. The protesters burned and destroyed an Air Nuigini Dash 8 and shut the airport down at around 4pm this afternoon.
Earlier the local police station commander Gideon Kauke said, the police were guarding the aircraft to ensure there was no further damage after its tyres had been flattened, but the team of about ten police couldn’t contain a mob of uncountable numbers, who set the aircraft on fire.
The protest was in response to a court ruling in Waigani confirming the election of the Southern Highlands governor William Powi. According to local reports, more the a dozen people were wounded after police opened fire on a student demonstration in the capital and riots erupted across the country,
Air Niugini is the national airline of Papua New Guinea, based in Jacksons International Airport. It operates a domestic network from Port Moresby and Lae, as well as international services in Asia, Oceania, and Australia. Air Niugini has a fleet of 18 aircraft.