Tur­tle Air­ways Air­craft Sinks

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the air­craft had en­gine trou­ble and be­ing a sea­plane, it man­aged to land in waters off Vomo Is­land re­sort

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ATur­tle Air­ways Cessna air­craft sunk in waters off Vomo Is­land on Satur­day. This hap­pened af­ter it was be­lieved that two pas­sen­gers who were on board swam to a sec­ond air­craft which was called in to as­sist.

The in­ci­dent is be­lieved to have hap­pened just af­ter midday.

A Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity of Fiji Is­lands se­nior per­son­nel whom the Fiji Sun spoke to yes­ter­day evening con­firmed in­ves­ti­ga­tions were con­tin­u­ing into the in­ci­dent. “How­ever I am not the right per­son to speak to you and this would have to be done to­mor­row,” the of­fi­cer, who did not wish to be named, said. “I can­not re­lease any in­for­ma­tion.” The gen­eral man­ager of Tur­tle Air­ways, Ron­ald Kumar, said in­ves­ti­ga­tions were on­go­ing and he too could not re­lease de­tails.

“I will get the right per­son to speak to you to­mor­row (today),” Mr Kumar said.

It is be­lieved the air­craft was on its way back from Tur­tle Is­land Re­sort in the Ya­sawa Group.

Ac­cord­ing to sources, the air­craft had en­gine trou­ble and be­ing a sea­plane, it man­aged to land in waters off Vomo Is­land re­sort. A sec­ond com­pany air­craft ar­rived soon af­ter and the two pas­sen­gers, be­lieved to be Chinese na­tion­als, swam across to the res­cue plane. The source said a boat from Ku­ata, on Waya Is­land was nearby and tried to as­sist in pulling the air­craft to shore on Vomo Is­land. How­ever be­cause of the rough seas around the is­land, the air­craft sunk.

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