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AFL confirms aircraft overdue as search continues

February 26, 2018 5:00 am

Airports Fiji Limited has confirmed that a Cessna 172 aircraft is overdue after failing to report to Labasa Airport at around 12.15pm today.

The aircraft is believed to belong to Pacific Flying School and AFL has alerted the Fiji Rescue Coordination Centre, including Navy and the Police.

AFL further adds that authorities will provide updates as more information comes to hand.

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Police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro, has confirmed that a search team has been activated to attend to search for the Pacific Flying School aircraft which was last seen over Korotari in Labasa around 12:30pm.

She says three teams are now searching the Korotari area which is headed by the Divisional Commander North.

The teams are currently searching the areas of Suweni, Navakuru and Delaikoro.

Meanwhile, FBC News has just spoken to a Korotari resident, Pradeep Lal, who says rescue teams are making their way to the Korotari Mountains.

“We have seen some government vehicles headed towards Navakoro and Suweni village. We’re not sure where the exact location could be but it has been raining here since the morning until now in the highlands of the middle region of Vanua Levu so it’s quite cloudy and we cannot really see the mountains which we can see on a clear day.”

We will have more on this developing story as information comes to hand.

3:22pm: Police has confirmed that a search team has been activated to attend to reports that an aircraft belonging to the Pacific Flying School was last seen over Korotari in Labasa around 12:30pm.

Police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro, has confirmed they received a report around 2pm about the missing plane.

Naisoro has confirmed the flight has two passengers on board and left Nadi Airport around 7.30am today.

While details remain sketchy, FBC News has managed to gather that the plane lost communication between Labasa and Savusavu.

FBC News has contacted the Pacific Flying School in Nadi however, they say they will not release any details as yet.

Meanwhile, the Airports Fiji Limited says they’re working on a release and will comment thereafter.

We will have more on this as information comes to hand.

3:02pm: An aircraft belonging to the Pacific Flying School is believed to have lost contact with ground staff.

While details remain sketchy, FBC News has managed to gather that the plane lost communication between Labasa and Savusavu.

FBC News has contacted the Pacific Flying School in Nadi however, they say they will not release any details as yet.

FBC News has spoken to Fiji Link and Northern Airways, who both say their aircrafts have been accounted for.

We will have more on this as information comes to hand.

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