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PAPE‘ETE, French Polynesia (January 12, 2001 - Oceania Flash/SPC)---A Hawaiian Airlines DC-10 that ran off the runway on Tahiti's Faa‘a International Airport December 23 will be repaired in Tahiti, the daily La Dépêche de Tahiti reports.

Hawaiian Airlines spokesman Keoni Wagner said the parts need to repair the three-engine jet would be brought in from overseas.

The repair could take "several months," he said, but the plane was not structurally damaged, an enquiry found.

On December 23, in the evening, the DC-10 failed to stop at the end of the Faa‘a runway and ended up in the lagoon facing Pape‘ete Harbor.

Because the final splash took place after the plane had reduced its speed significantly, there were no major injuries among the passengers.

The plane, however, was severely damaged.

For additional reports from Orientation Oceania, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Sources/Orientation Oceania.

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