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Missing plane wreckage found in Delaikoro mountains

February 28, 2018 4:55 am

After close to 48 hours, the wreckage of the missing Cessna 172 training aircraft, registration DQFTR, and belonging to the Pacific Flying School has been sighted in the Deilaikoro Mountains in Labasa.

Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu has confirmed to FBC News, the plane was sighted in the mountainous hills of Delaikoro before midday.

Police has not been able to confirm any sightings of the two persons on board at this stage.

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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 that they lost communication with the control tower.

Tawalo and Lutu have being missing since.

Tudravu says due to the location of the site where the plane was found, rescue workers cannot at this stage carry out a physical ground search.

The team is now regrouping at the search and rescue command based at the Labasa Airport before deploying a team to the site.

Tudravu says the Divisional Police Commander, West and South, have been directed to send officers to relay the news of the discovery to the families.

The Pacific Flying School has also confirmed that the accident site has been located.

The school says at this time they are unable to provide further information as ground search teams are making their way to the crash site.

PFS is in regular communications with the next of kin of the two pilots on board the aircraft and is offering support.

Meanwhile, Tudravu has again also expressed disappointment in the manner information is being spread on social media about the incident.

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