An airplane crashed in Papua New Guinea because it was overloaded with cocaine. The small plane with more than 500 kilos of cocaine on board was, according to the Australian police, on its way to Australia and crashed almost immediately after take-off in Papua New Guinea.
According to the police, the cocaine found, which was hidden in 28 bags, is worth 80 million Australian dollars (about 48 million euros). This makes it one of the largest drug seizures ever in the history of Oceania.
The pilot survived the crash and fled, but later reported himself to the police. Five more men have been arrested in the Australian states of Queensland and Victoria for their possible involvement in drug trafficking. The suspects are said to have links to the Italian mafia.