Bul­let in­deed found on Fiji Air­ways plane

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Fiji Air­ways had con­firmed a bul­let was in­deed found on one of its air­craft in Jan­uary this year.

The air­craft had just com­pleted its com­mer­cial flight route: Nadi – Auck­land – Nadi on Jan­uary 8.

The air­line con­firned the bul­let was dis­cov­ered by ground clean­ing crews upon its ar­rival at Nadi In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Fiji Air­ways im­me­di­ately fol­lowed pro­ce­dure and alerted lo­cal au­thor­i­ties (the Fiji Po­lice Force) who quar­an­tined the air­craft, and launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The air­craft was sub­se­quently cleared and re­leased for op­er­a­tions. As this is an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, Fiji Air­ways could not com­ment fur­ther and has di­rected all fur­ther queries on the mat­ter to the Fiji Po­lice.

“Fiji Air­ways has strict pro­ce­dures in place, as the safety and se­cu­rity of pas­sen­gers and crew is the air­line’s high­est pri­or­ity,” the air­line said. The is­sue how­ever brings into ques­tion the se­cu­rity checks at other renowned air­ports where our na­tional ca­reer flies to. The im­me­di­ate ques­tions go­ing in any­one’s mind would be how did the bul­let pass the se­cu­rity checks? Was there an ac­com­pa­ny­ing gun? Was there a mo­tive re­ally? Did the bul­let get on board at the Auck­land Air­port? Will au­thor­i­ties in Auck­land strengthen se­cu­rity checks? Fur­ther ques­tions would be an­swered af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tions are com­pleted.

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