O’Neill echoed the sentiments of the international community in calling for a full investigation into the tragedy.
“The loss of this aircraft has shocked the world,” he said.
“This is a tragic day for people from many nations.
“To the best of our knowledge there were no Papua New Guinean citizens were on board the aircraft.
“Our sympathy and prayers are with the families who now are left to deal with this tragic loss.
“On behalf of the people of Papua New Guinea, I express my deep condolences to the nations of the passengers.
“We pray for people in the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, the Philippines, the United States, Canada and New Zealand who have lost citizens.”
O’Neill said the cause of the incident must be fully investigated.
“There needs to be a United Nations-led investigation into the crash of this aircraft.
“If it is found that this aircraft was brought down by human action, justice must be sought.
“Today, we pray for the families of the men, women and children who lost their lives on this flight,” O’Neill said.