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Probe Underway On Plane ‘Precautionary Landing

Skydive Fiji managing direc­tor Tim Joyce confirmed that there were no casualties when their Cessna 182 aircraft that made a ‘precautionary land­ing’ close to Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa
01 Jun 2018 10:17
Probe Underway On Plane ‘Precautionary Landing
Skydive Fiji’s Cessna 182 aircraft at Denarau Island, Nadi on May 31, 2018. Photo: Peni Komaisavai

Skydive Fiji managing direc­tor Tim Joyce confirmed that there were no casualties when their Cessna 182 aircraft that made a ‘precautionary land­ing’ close to Hilton Fiji Beach Resort and Spa close to Denarau, Nadi, yesterday afternoon.

“The pilot was alone in the air­craft. I would not call it a crash because the pilot had to make a precautionary landing after he experienced an engine surge,” Mr Joyce said.

Tourists, Fiji Airports Limited personnel and Police officers were present at the scene soon after the incident occurred.

It is understood that the plane was salvaged yesterday and moved to Turtle Airways base in Wailoaloa, Nadi.

Fiji Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed that they were aware that an incident had taken place.

“We can confirm that a plane crashed, there were no casualties, but investigation has been taken over by the Civil Aviation Author­ity of Fiji (CAAF),” Ms Naisoro said.

CAAF acting chief executive of­ficer Ajai Kumar confirmed that the incident occurred at around 11:30am yesterday and the pilot was the only person on board the aircraft.

CAAF had immediately deployed its inspectors to the site for a pre­liminary investigation which has been classified as a ‘Serious Inci­dent’.

Aircraft recovery efforts will be co-ordinated through CAAF and the Department of Environment has also been notified of the Inci­dent.

The model of the plane is DQ-JMP Cessna 182 Skylane, which is an American four-seat, single-engined light utility airplane.

It was built by Cessna of Wichi­ta, Kansas and the plane has the option of adding two child seats which are installed in the baggage area.

The model had been produced in many versions since its introduc­tion back in 1956 including a ver­sion with retractable landing gear.

The light utility craft is the sec­ond most popular Cessna model, after the 172.

Edited by Percy Kean

Feedback: peni.komaisavai@fijisun.com.fj



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