Missing Aircraft: School confirms flight details

Update: 8:14PM PACIFIC Flying School (PFS) has confirmed that one of their Cessna 172 training aircraft is overdue on a navigation exercise to Labasa Airport, Vanua Levu, today.

An instructor and two student pilots got on board the aircraft in Nadi this moring.

The aircraft was under the command of PFS instructor, Iliesa Tawalo, who was conducting the training for two female students.

One of the students got off in Labasa while the second continued with her training.

The school says the intention was to land in Savusavu but the weather was not conducive for the aircraft to land.

The duo had decided to try to get to Labasa.  That was the last communication between the aircraft and the AFL Tower.

PFS says it is coordinating with the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF) and Airports Fiji Limited (AFL) on an aerial and ground search to locate the aircraft.

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