At a glance: Australian deaths on Kokoda Track

Here is a timeline of known deaths on the 96km long Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea.

Here is a timeline of known deaths on the 96km long Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea.

2001 - One death, particulars unknown.

May, 2008 - Shane Green, 32, Perth. 2009 April 17 - Samantha Killen, 36, Hamilton, Victoria.

April 22 - Chris Frost, 26, Launceston, Tasmania, formerly of Taree, NSW.

Sept 20 - Paul Bradfield, 38, Townsville.

Oct 4 - Phillip Brunskill, 55, Epping, Sydney.

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Aug 11 - Nine Australians die in Papua New Guinea air crash en route to walk the Kokoda Track.

*The number of trekkers has jumped from fewer than 100 in 2001 to about 6,000 a year retracing the steps of WWII troops and paying homage to the 600 diggers who died repelling invading Japanese forces.

*Up to 50 trekkers a year have to be airlifted out by medivac.

*About 80 operators conduct tours along the Track with most taking from seven to 12 days to complete the trail.

* Tour operators refer to the first few hours of the trek as the "death zone".

Source AAP

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