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Fiji Airways reveals findings from hard landing investigation

June 29, 2014 4:09 am

Fiji Airways is blaming organizational factors like pilot training as the reason for the airlines hard landing incident at Sydney Airport on March 18th this year.

The pilot who was in command of the flight has escaped further disciplinary action but has been demoted to ground work after being initially suspended while the airline conducted its internal investigation.

Fiji Airways CEO Stefan Pichler says the findings from their inquiry reveal that the hard landing was not due to pilot error.

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“But due to organizational factors we have addressed them. Of cause the pilot in command is no longer flying he is still with us but he is doing ground job and we have made huge restructure in our operations and we went through all the processes in order to make sure that an incident like this will not repeat itself.”

However the flight attendant who was injured during the incident has still not returned to work.

Pichler says they have made changes with the appointment of a new executive general manager operations and a new training manager to ensure such incidents are not repeated.

The airlines new airbus was damaged during the hard landing incident leaving a huge bill for Fiji Airways while it was grounded for a month for repairs.

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