‘Unexpected landing’

A crane removes the Cessna DQ-JMP aircraft from the beach at Denarau, Nadi. Picture: REINAL CHAND

A SKYDIVE Fiji aircraft made an “unexpected landing” on a Denarau Island beach yesterday morning.

In a statement, the company confirmed that the “precautionary landing” of its Cessna DQ-JMP was made near the Hilton Fiji Beach Resort shorefront.
“There were no passengers on board at the time and the pilot was not injured” the statement said.
“At this time Skydive Fiji is unable to provide further information. The incident is now under investigation by the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji.”
While the company has referred to the incident as an “unexpected landing”, pictures uploaded on social media site Facebook show the aircraft overturned in waters off Denarau Island.
Meanwhile, CAAF acting CEO Ajai Kumar also confirmed the incident. He said while there was no risk to the pilot, the authority had begun its investigations into the incident. The Department of Civil Aviation confirmed the incident occurred about 11.30am.
“The aircraft is owned by Sunflower Aviation and operated by Tandem Skydive. Only the pilot was on board the aircraft at the time of the incident and he is reported to be safe,” a Government statement yesterday revealed.
CAAF says it immediately deployed its inspectors to the site for a preliminary investigation which has been classified as a “serious incident”.
“Aircraft recovery efforts will be co-ordinated through CAAF and the Department of Environment has also been notified of the incident.”