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Crash victims' bodies to arrive on Viti Levu today

Luke Rawalai
Thursday, March 08, 2018

THE remains of the Pacific Flying School's Cessna 172 crash victims will be flown to Viti Levu for their final funeral rites today.

Yesterday, close family members of Merelesita Lutu, led by her sister Alisi Lutu, arrived in Labasa to prepare for the final journey. Ms Lutu's father, Emosi Lutu, said he intended to return his daughter's body to Viti Levu where they would accord her the final funeral rites.

Mr Lutu said it was only right because close family members would want to pay their last respects to her.

In an interview last week, Iliesa Tawalo's mother, Joana Kauyaca, said her son's body would be accompanied by his fellow mates from the Pacific Flying School.

Ms Kauyaca said she wanted her son's body to be buried close to a relative's residence in Nadi.

Last week, Ms Kauyaca said having her son's funeral in Nadi would give close family members closure and peace of mind.

She said therefore, she had been liaising with police last week to bring the body of her son to Nadi.

The bodies of the two remained at the Labasa Hospital mortuary this week as family members returned to Viti Levu over the weekend to make funeral arrangements. In a statement on Saturday last week, Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu said they had completed post-mortem examinations on the crash victims on Friday evening.

ADCP Tudravu said the bodies had been handed over to their loved ones.

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