EIGHT-YEAR-LONG SOLOMON ISLANDS AIR CRASH INQUIRY COMPLETED

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (February 26, 1999 - PACNEWS/SIBC)---A report on an inquiry into a major air disaster in the Solomon Islands has finally been completed -- eight years after the air crash.

All 15 people on the Solomon Airlines Twin-Otter aircraft died when it crashed into Mount Nasuha on Guadalcanal in 1991.

The then government of Solomon Mamaloni had commissioned the inquiry, the outcome of which has been eagerly awaited by the Government, Solomon Airlines and insurance companies handling claims relating to the disaster.

Although it is now confirmed that the report is complete, it is unclear when it will be made public.

Following numerous calls for the report, Minister for Aviation Sir Baddeley Devesi indicated in the last sitting of Parliament that the report had not been received despite frequent reminders from the Attorney General's Chambers.

The document will be tabled in Parliament once it is forwarded to the Minister.

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