EFFORTS UNDER WAY TO MOVE WRECKED PLANE FROM HONIARA AIRPORT TAXIWAY

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (October 31, 2001 - Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation/PINA Nius Online)---The freight plane currently blocking the entrance to the international terminal at Honiara's Henderson International Airport is expected to be moved soon.

The plane -- which crash landed two weeks ago -- will soon be towed away for repairs, general manager of Pacific Air Express Solomon Islands John Baura said.

Meanwhile, all international departures and arrivals have been using the domestic terminal since the crashed cargo plane still blocks the taxiway to the international terminal.

Equipment -- including a tow bar -- will arrive from Australia next week to pull the aircraft away for repairs, Mr. Baura said.

Mr. Baura said a team of engineers is expected in Honiara to repair the plane’s damaged undercarriage.

For additional reports from the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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