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Wreckage Update

Wreckage Update
New Zealand investigator Andrew McGregor (third from left) with a team from the Republic of Fiji Miltary Forces, Fiji Police Force and National Fire Authority at Dogoru Village in Macuata as they conducted an investigation on the Cessna 172 wreckage.
March 07
10:27 2018

The wreckage of the Cessna 172 aircraft which crashed into the Delaikoro Mountain last week will be recovered by a combination of manpower and helicopter airlifting.
This was confirmed by New Zealand investigator, Andrew McGregor.

Mr McGregor was appointed by the Fijian Government as the independent investigator to determine the cause of the crash.

“Despite our many attempts, the weather has not been good and is hampering the search of the wreckage. Also, the terrain is very steep and mountainous and accessibility is not straightforward,” Mr McGregor said.

 His team is being assisted by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Fiji Police Force, the National Fire Authority and Dogoru villagers.

“Depending on the location of the wreckage, it will be recovered by a combination of human manpower and helicopter airlifting,” he said.

“The cause of the crash will only be determined once the wreck has been retrieved and full investigations are complete.”

Last Saturday Mr McGregor and his team presented their isevusevu to the village headman at Dogoru Village seeking approval and blessing to carry out the investigation.

Pacific Flying School instructor Iliesa Tawalo and student pilot Merelesita Lutu were on a routine training flight when the Cessna 172 registration DQFTR they were travelling in crashed into a cliff at Delaikoro last Monday during bad weather.

Edited by Percy Kean


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