A light plane crashed while trying to land in Papua New Guinea, killing 12 people, Australian officials and news reports said on Thursday.

The Sunbird Aviation plane reportedly crashed on Wednesday afternoon in a swamp just short of the runway at Kiunga in the centre of the country, the Australian broadcaster, ABC, reported.

It said that all passengers, including the 31-year-old Australian pilot, died in the crash.

“Engine failure caused the accident,’’ the ABC report said. NAN)