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Delaikoro now declared a crime scene

February 28, 2018 5:04 am

Police has confirmed that rescue teams are now on the site of the crashed Cessna 172 training aircraft in Delaikoro in Labasa, which has also now been declared a crime scene.

The training aircraft belonging to the Pacific Flying School crashed in the Delaikoro Mountains in Labasa on Monday.

About two hours ago, three helicopter loads of military and police personnel left Waiqele Airport for the wreckage site.

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They took with them chainsaws, came knives and ropes, for clearing of the area around the site.

FBC News understands the military and police personnel are setting up camp there.

We are now awaiting word from authorities at the site regarding the two crew of the plane.

The missing Cessna 172 training aircraft lost communication with the Airports Fiji Tower at 12.30pm on Monday.

On board the flight was Instructor– Iliesa Tawalo and trainee Merelesita Lutu as well as Kalara Derederenalagi.

Derederenalagi was dropped off in Labasa before Tawalo and Lutu continued on their way to Savusavu to land.

However, due to the bad weather, they were unable to land in Savusavu and were returning to Labasa when it was reported they lost communication with the control tower.

Tawalo and Lutu have been missing since.

Earlier today, after close to 48 hours, the wreckage of the missing aircraft, was sighted in the mountainous hills of Delaikoro before midday.

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