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Independent investigation into Cessna crash begins

08:50 Fri Mar 09, 2018

Spots secured with tarpaulins are wreckage that will be picked by the helicopter for investigation

Taken from/By: DINFO
Report by: Elenoa Turagaiviu

The independent investigation into the crash of the Cessna 172 aircraft belonging to the Pacific Flying School in Nadi now begins.

The investigation starts following the recovery of the plane wreckage from the crash site yesterday through a combined effort by the police, military and the fire officers as well as villagers of Dogoru.

New Zealand’s Independent Investigator, Andrew McGregor, says the investigation is not to blame anyone but try to find out the factors that contributed to the crash.

He says this will prevent it from happening again.

McGregor says they are also interested in the possible contribution of bad weather to the accident.

He adds, he cannot comment further on the possible causes of the accident until the investigation is complete and the final report submitted to government.

The Cessna aircraft is believed to have crashed into the cliff behind the Delaikoro Mountain last month.

Flight instructor Iliesa Tawalo and Merelesita Lutu were onboard the plane.

The plane was located two days later by an aerial search team.

The wreckage now lies at the Sukanaivalu Barracks in Labasa.

Meanwhile Trainee pilot Merelesita Lutu will be laid to rest today.

Instructor Iliesa Tawalo was laid to rest yesterday.

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