UK explorer reported missing on Papua New Guinea expedition

The family of British explorer Benedict Allen says he has gone missing during an expedition in Papua New Guinea.

The 57-year-old adventurer was attempting to make contact with a remote tribe, the Yaifo, whom he first visited 30 years ago.

He wrote in September that the Yaifo were "the remotest people in Papua New Guinea, and one of the last people on the entire planet who are out-of-contact with our interconnected world."

Allen's agent Joanna Sarsby said Allen missed his flight from Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby, to Hong Kong on Sunday.

She told the Daily Mail Wednesday that his family was "very worried."

Allen has presented television series and written books about his journeys through New Guinea, the Amazon basin, the Gobi desert and elsewhere.