AUSSIE, PNG AIRCRAFT DIVERTED IN SEPARATE INCIDENTS

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MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Jan. 1) – Australian safety authorities will analyse the flight recorder from a Boeing 737 after an Ozjet flight from Brisbane to Norfolk Island in the Pacific was forced to divert.

The flight had to be diverted to the French territory of New Caledonia because of bad weather, and then a wing part broke, causing vibrations.

Passengers were briefed for a possible ocean ditching, which the Australian Transport Safety Bureau says was standard procedure.

The plane eventually landed safely at Noumea.

A bureau spokesman says the partial failure of the device is a concern.

The Bureau says it is also trying to contact authorities in Papua New Guinea about a separate incident on a flight to Brisbane that prompted its return to Port Moresby.

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