HELICOPTER PILOT RECOVERING AFTER SUVA CRASH

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Chopper went down in Suva Harbor Friday morning

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, April 15, 2008) – The pilot whose helicopter crashed into the sea at Uduya Point in Lami will be interviewed by police once he recovers.

Tim Gibson, of New Zealand, was flying the helicopter on his way from Nadi to Nausori and had been carrying 360 litres of jet fuel when the aircraft plunged from the skies on Saturday.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Fiji Islands chief executive officer Netava Waqa said they had started an investigation into the helicopter crash.

Police said the cause of the crash was probably due to bad weather conditions.

Acting police spokesman Corporal Josaia Weicavu said Mr Gibson suffered minor injuries and was resting at his Nadi home.

The pilot will be interviewed this week by Namaka police.

Mr Gibson could not be reached for comments despite several attempts.

He was flying the aircraft while Robbie Mckenzie was flying another helicopter close by.

The aircraft were on there [way] to Fulaga in the Lau Group, to drop off five passengers when the weather conditions suddenly changed.

The crashed helicopter was insured.

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