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Crash Probe ‘Can Now Start’

The wreckage of the Cessna 172 aircraft that crashed dur­ing bad weather in the De­laikoro ridge, Macuata, has been recovered and secured. Independent investigator Andrew McGregor said the recovery exer­cise
10 Mar 2018 11:00
Crash Probe ‘Can Now Start’
The wreckage site in the Delaikoro ridge. Circled was the wreckage before it was recovered. Photo: DEPTFO News

The wreckage of the Cessna 172 aircraft that crashed dur­ing bad weather in the De­laikoro ridge, Macuata, has been recovered and secured.

Independent investigator Andrew McGregor said the recovery exer­cise was completed in difficult con­ditions, with rugged mountainous terrain and bad weather delaying progress.

“It was made possible due to the professionalism, skill, co-ordina­tion and great teamwork between the Police, army, fire service and Dogoru villagers,” he said.

“I would also like to mention the helicopter pilot, Nick Ragg of Pa­cific Island Air, who demonstrated exceptional skill in airlifting the wreckage from the difficult crash site to the assembly station at Dogo­ru Village.”

Mr McGregor said the investiga­tion, which would be undertaken in accordance with international air accident investigation procedures, should now begin.

“Its purpose is not to blame any­one, but try and find out all the factors that contributed to the ac­cident so it can be prevented from happening again,” he said.

“We are interested in the possible contribution of bad weather to the accident, along with other factors that might be revealed as part of the investigation.

“It is not possible to comment fur­ther on possible causes until the ac­cident investigation has concluded and the final report has been sub­mitted to the Fijian Government.”

Source: DEPTFO News

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