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Search Continues For Missing Passengers

The flight was en-route from Naitauba Island to Labasa Hospital doing a medivac.
04 Aug 2019 11:16
Search Continues For Missing Passengers

The Search and Recovery efforts for the remaining victims of the tragic helicopter crash continues this morning in the Natewa Bay.

The Divisional Police Commander North is overseeing the ground operations with the help of officers from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, volunteer divers from the Koro Sun Resort, and members of nearby communities.

The Fiji Maritime Safety and Rescue Coordination Center is providing technical support from its base at the Republic of Fiji Navy base in Walu Bay.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF) confirms that a Robinson R44 Helicopter with Registration Number DQ-HPT operated by Parker Equipment Hire Ltd based in Savusavu went missing last night with three people on board.

The flight was en-route from Naitauba Island to Labasa Hospital doing a medivac.

Interagency Search and Rescue efforts commenced at first light yesterday, with the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji launching an aircraft from Nadi to the site with its Rotary Wing Specialist.

Debris and aircraft parts were quickly located based on the helicopters last known position.

Evidence found at the scene suggest that the helicopters has impacted the water at relatively high speed and that there are no survivors.

The body of one of the three occupants was recovered from the Natewa Bay shoreline around midday today and efforts are still underway to locate the remaining two occupants. CAAF is working closely with other state agencies to locate the aircraft wreckage.

The Department of Civil Aviation will be appointing an investigator soon to look into the accident.

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