PLANE CRASH IN MARQUESAS INJURES PASSENGER

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PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, July 26) –One of 11 passengers aboard a twin-engine aircraft operated by Air Tahiti Nui was injured when it crashed while landing Monday morning on the island of Ua Pou in the Marquesas Islands.

It was not immediately known who the injured passenger is, nor how extensive the injuries were.

The plane, which began operating flights among the Marquesas Islands last Nov. 4, was damaged, but the pilot, co-pilot and eight other passengers escaped injury.

The crash occurred as the plane touched down and left the runway, running into an adjacent slope, according to an official source.

It appeared that a landing gear failure right after the plane touched the runway was the probable cause of the accident.

The 19-passenger Tahiti Nui 2 aircraft arrived in Tahiti last September. Its purchase was jointly financed by the French Polynesia government and the French State under a special fund for Tahiti’s economic redevelopment.

July 28, 2004

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