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Cessna 172: Captain Saumi pays her respect

Lice Movono
Friday, March 09, 2018

Update: 3:09PM SELAI Saumi knows only too well what it is like to lose family in a plane crash.

So when she found out funeral details for 20-year-old trainee pilot Merelesita Lutu, she drove down from Nadi to pay her respects. 

"I had to be here. I just feel for this family," Ms Saumi said.

The Fiji Airways captain first knew of Ms Lutu when as a fourth former in St Joseph's Secondary School where both girls attended high school, Merelesita contacted Selai for a school project on aviation.

The two got in touch and stayed connected throughout the young trainee's transition from high school to flying school. 

"Six weeks ago, I met her at the ATM in Nadi,"  Captain Saumi said.

"I'll never forget that smile."

Captain Saumi lost her pilot father in the 1999 PC121 plane crash on Delailasakau.

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