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NZ pilot, engineer to investigate Cessna 172 crash

Nasik Swami, Lice Movono
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Update: 4:45PM GOVERNMENT has appointed New Zealand based Andrew McGregor to investigate the crash of the Pacific Flying School's Cessna 172 aircraft.

During a press conference this past hour, Civil Aviation Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the Auckland based owner of a forensic engineering investigation firm arrives in Fiji tomorrow and will be deployed to the crash site immediately.

Just before noon today, an aerial search team identified wreckage of the aircraft which had been carrying flying instructor Iliesa Tawalo and trainee pilot Merelesita Lutu, 21.

The aircraft crashed into the Delaikoro mountain range which borders Cakaudrove and Macuata on Vanua Levu.

Air traffic controllers lost contact with the aircraft and crew shortly after midday on Monday as the crew were en route to Labasa. 

According to his biodata posted on the Independent Forensic Practitioners Institute website of which he is also secretary, Mr McGregor has consulted the New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) on various transport related failures.

"He is regularly involved in investigations that require both blameful and non-blameful outcomes. His professional interests include dispute resolution and investigative processes that facilitate technical comprehensiveness," the bio data said.

Mr McGregor is a commercial pilot and a chartered professional mechanical engineer.

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