Papua New Guinea Releases Citation

 - November 3, 2006, 4:13 AM

The National Court of Papua New Guinea (PNG) has ordered the south Pacific country’s Civil Aviation Authority to release a Cessna Citation II found to have made an illegal landing 11 days earlier at an abandoned airstrip near Aropa on the island of Bougainville. The court also ordered that the passport of the aircraft’s owner, Andrew Reid, be returned to him so that he can fly the Citation back to Australia, provided that he paid fines imposed after his conviction and that he return to PNG for his appeal hearing. On December 10 Reid and another Australian pilot, Peter McGee, were convicted of “operating an aircraft in a careless and dangerous manner.”