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Missing Cessna 172 Aircraft Fail To Report To Labasa Airport

A Cessna 172 aircraft is overdue after failing to report to Labasa Airport at around 12.15pm today.   A statement from Airport Fiji Limited said they have alerted the Fiji
26 Feb 2018 17:02
Missing Cessna 172 Aircraft Fail To Report To Labasa Airport
The Labasa Airport.

A Cessna 172 aircraft is overdue after failing to report to Labasa Airport at around 12.15pm today.   A statement from Airport Fiji Limited said they have alerted the Fiji Rescue Coordination Centre ( Navy) and the Police.    “Authorities will provide further updates as more information comes to hand,” the statement said. The Volunteer First Responder Fiji tweeted the following.

It is understood that the aircraft belongs to Pacific Flying School and was bound for Savusavu from Labasa. On board were an instructor and a student pilot. We will keep you posted as this story unfolds.

A rapid response SAR team. Photo: Volunteer First Responder (FIJI)

A rapid response SAR team. Photo: Volunteer First Responder (FIJI)

18.00pm 

Search party at Navakuru was called off because of challenging weather conditions.

20.10pm

Seach party at Doguru was also called off because of heavy rain and fog.

 

 

 

 

21.20pm

Pacific Flying School has confirmed that their aircraft DQ-FTR used for Pilot training had not made contact was under the command of Pacific Flying Instructor, Iliesa Tawalo who was overseeing training for two students.

“One student got off in Labasa and Mr Tawalo and the remaining student continued their training to Savusavu.  The intention was to land in Savusavu but apparently, the weather was not conducive for the aircraft to land and they decided to try to get to Labasa.  That was the last communication between the aircraft the AFL Tower,” the statement said.

The family of the Instructor and the student were informed of the missing aircraft earlier this afternoon.

Should anyone have any news or sightings of the aircraft please call Mr Hilton or PFS School Manager, Betty Katarine on 9994520.

Meanwhile, a rescue team is on standby for deployment at first light tomorrow.

 

Former Pacific Flying School student, Josua Cavalevu tweeted the following:

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