AIR NIUGINI BUILDS FLEET

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (March 19, 2002 – NAU-FM/PINA Nius Online)---Air Niugini will add another two F-28s to its fleet.

The planes are believed to have been purchased from Flight West Airlines of Australia.

Sources said they are expected to arrive in the country some time this week.

The additions come at a time when one of Air Niugini's F-28's is inoperable because of last week's incident at Nadzab Airport, Lae. A bird flew into one of the engines, leaving the airline with damage worth 1.5 million kina (US$ 416,100).

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AIR NIUGINI BIRD STRIKE PLANE BACK IN THE AIR

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (March 20, 2002 – Post-Courier)---The Air Niugini F28 aircraft grounded at Lae’s Nadzab airport last Friday is flying again, airline officials said yesterday.

The aircraft, with more than 30 passengers bound for Port Moresby, was forced to halt its flight after a bird strike, damaging its engines. The pilot brought the aircraft down, bursting two tires.

Air Niugini officials said the aircraft left for Port Moresby after the engine and tires were replaced.

The PNG Defense Force assisted by lifting the spare engine and tires from Port Moresby to Nadzab on its CASA aircraft.

Concerns have been raised over the increase in the population of kite hawks at Nadzab, but authorities have yet to agree on what to do about them.

DCA Traffic manager at Nadzab airport, Michael Varagu, said it was his office’s responsibility to keep the birds away from the airport.

Mr. Varagu said Morobe provincial authorities have indicated they will assist the department in solving the problem.

Shooting or destroying the birds is another option that has been considered, but approval would have to be obtained from the Office of Environment and Conservation first.

For additional reports from The Post-Courier, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea).

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