Delaikoro plane crash probe ‘ongoing’

Members of the rescue teams prepare to load part of the Cessna 172 wreckage on to a truck. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

Members of the rescue teams prepare to load part of the Cessna 172 wreckage on to a truck. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI/FILE

INVESTIGATIONS into crash of the ill-fated Cessna 172 plane in the Delaikoro mountains in Macuata in March this year are ongoing.

This was revealed by Attorney- General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed- Khaiyum in Parliament moments ago following a question by National Federation Party leader and Opposition MP Professor Biman Prasad on the increase of allocation for aircraft accident investigations from $100,000 to $300,000 in the 2018/2019 National Budget.

In his response Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said investigation report was not ready because investigations had not been completed.

“So, we do need some money to fund the completion of that investigation,” he said.

“Also we catering for additional funding because to get someone from New Zealand, the airfares and accommodation alone is expensive and then we have to pay for the fees when they are here.”

Pacific Flying School aviators, Merelesita Lutu and Iliesa Tawalo died on the ill-fated flight when it crashed on the Delaikoro mountains in Macuata earlier this year.

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