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Opposition expresses shock, sorrow

Nasik Swami
Saturday, March 03, 2018

OPPOSITION Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa also conveyed her sincere condolences to the families, relatives, and friends of the two.

"The parliamentary Opposition has learnt with great shock and sorrow, of the crash of a flying school aircraft Cessna 172 at Delaikoro, Labasa, and joins the nation to mourn the passing of the two aviators that were on board," Ro Teimumu said.

"We wish to convey our sincere condolences to the families, relatives, and friends of Iliesa Tawalo and Merelesita Lutu. Their sudden passing is a great loss not only to their families but also for the nation and the aviation industry. We share the families grief and pain."

She said the Opposition noted with a heavy heart the everlasting impact this tragedy would have upon those who knew the pilot and trainee pilot involved in the crash.

"The incident is an eye-opener for us to take rescue and search operations practices and procedures seriously and upgrade the same. It is something we cannot afford to compromise upon.

"We note that this week, Mosese Bulitavu raised some very important points about the need to upgrade our search and rescue operations as well as the need for the same in respect of safety measures for air travel. Those issues are long overdue and worthy of urgent consideration.

"The Opposition wishes to acknowledge with appreciation the role played by the military, police, local chiefs, and villages in mounting the search despite adverse weather conditions and difficult terrain. It is commendable and depicts what we can achieve working together as a nation."

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