Cessna 172: Search teams regroup

Update: 1:06PM SEARCH teams scouring the mountainous terrain bordering Macuata and Cakaudrove for missing aviators Merelesita Lutu and Iliesa Tawalo are this hour regrouping at Waiqele Airport in Labasa after the wreckage was found just before midday today.

Authorities involved in the search are in a meeting at the airport which has become their base of operations, Deputy Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu confirmed.

“An aerial search conducted this morning has found the missing Cessna 172 Aircraft, registration DQFTR which was reported missing around midday on 26 February 2018,” ADCP Tudravu said.

“Due to the location of the site where the plane was found we cannot at this stage carry out a physical ground search and the team is now regrouping at the search and rescue command based at the Labasa Airport before deploying a team to the site.”

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