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Plane crashes into building

Written By : LUSIA VURUNA. Police were last night investigating the cause of an accident that led to an Air Fiji flight crashing into a building in Taveuni after it
12 Oct 2008 12:00

Written By : LUSIA VURUNA. Police were last night investigating the cause of an accident that led to an Air Fiji flight crashing into a building in Taveuni after it landed yesterday.
Spokesman Atunaisa Sokomuri said the flight, with two pilots and nine passengers on board had already landed at Matei Airport but could not stop.
“The flight had already touched down on the runway. But it could not stop so it kept taxing until it crashed into the Pacific Sun office at Matei,” he said.
No comment could be obtained from Air Fiji last night.
Mr Sokomuri said police were interviewing the pilots and passengers to establish the cause of the accident.
National Fire Authority Taveuni station officer Peleki Leweniqila said fire fighters assisted to ensure that the crash did not ignite.
Mr Leweniqila said fire fighters at Waiyevo received the call at 8.30am yesterday and arrived at the scene a few minutes later.
“NFA assisted the Matei airport AFL fire officers and police at the scene to ensure that any potential ignition source was eliminated,” he said.
NFA corporate affairs officer Mileta Ting confirmed that the authority and Airports Fiji Limited were reviewing their Memorandum of Agreement to further enhance essential rescue services and collaboration in the area.
“With the growing economic activity in the Taveuni area, together with Government’s Look North Policy for the development of the northern part of Fiji, the NFA believes that it can contribute towards safeguarding much needed economic growth by ensuring that communities in those areas are well prepared and supported to achieve minimal impact from fire and other emergencies,” she said.
Meanwhile attempts to obtain a comment from Air Fiji proved futile yesterday.



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