Aerial search for missing aircraft resumes
February 27, 2018 2:16 am
Divisional Police Commander North Verani Nakauyaca has confirmed to FBC News the aerial search for the missing Pacific Flying School aircraft and its two passengers has resumed with fog clearing in Delaikoro, Labasa.
Heavy rain and fog hampered today’s aerial search with the rescue helicopter only able to conduct one flight over the search area which moved from Waikisi village to Delaikoro.
DPC Nakauyaca says they have cleared the Waikisi village area, having found no debris of the missing plane.
Twenty-nine military and police personal together with ten villagers from Doguru comprise the three teams leading the ground search in the area.
The missing Cessna 172 training aircraft lost communication with the Airports Fiji Tower at 12.30pm yesterday.
On board the flight was Instructor– Iliesa Tawalo and trainee Merelesita Lutu who were making their way to Savusavu to land.
However due to the weather, they were unable to land in Savusavu and were reportedly on their way back to Labasa when they lost communication with the Airports Fiji Tower.