FIJI SEEKS CANADA’S HELP IN PLANE CRASH PROBE

FIJI SEEKS CANADA’S HELP IN PLANE CRASH PROBE

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Feb. 8) – Fiji has turned to Canada for help in the inquiry into the plane crash last week.

The move was done after neighbors Australia and New Zealand refused to render technical assistance to the investigations.

This was revealed by Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Manu Korovulavula yesterday.

He said the Civil Aviation Authority of the Fiji Islands (CAFFI) had formally requested the Canadian government's Transport and Safety Board to help in the investigation of last Thursday's Cessna DQ-SKY plane crash in which a local pilot, Frederick Mitchell, and two Canadians died.

Their bodies were recovered on Friday, 24 hours after the small aircraft crashed into the mountainous region of Tavakubu in Lautoka.

Mr. Korovulavula said CAAFI was still waiting for a response from the Canadian authorities.

"New Zealand had on December 14 last year said they cannot help us in any way because of the political situation. Australia on January 5 this year said they could not help because of the huge workload and shortage of staff," he said. "The normal practice of an accident investigation is that all findings will be recorded in the accident investigation report by the accident investigator. It is too early for CAAFI to start speculating on the findings of the plane crash since it is still in the preliminary stages."

Mr. Korovulavula said the investigation into the crash was an independent process and regular feedback was not normally required.

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