5 Mar 2003

Fiji domestic airline grounds second aircraft in a week

11:36 am on 5 March 2003

One of Fiji's domestic airlines, SUN AIR, has been forced to ground its second Twin Otter plane.

This follows a fire in the engine of its first Twin Otter on Sunday as it was about to begin its take off run from Nadi on a flight to Labasa.

Only intervention from a Labasa-bound passenger prevented the take off.

Radio Fiji reports that the pilots concerned have been stood down pending an investigation by the Civil Aviation Authority.

The authority says a more detailed study of the engine will be done by engineers from the manufacturer.