3 Jun 2002

Civil aviation in French Polynesia will introduce strict safety measures

8:28 am on 3 June 2002

The French Polynesia Civil Aviation Authority says it will introduce stricter safety standards for light aircrafts after it failed to find a missing plane carrying five people.

Thibault Marais from the Tahiti Presse says there have been calls for small planes to be re-equipped with the latest tracking and beacon technologies.

This comes after an eight day search for a plane carrying it's pilot and four local politicians, including the president of the Fetia Api party, Boris Leontieff, was called off on Friday.

They were on an election campaign for the two French Polynesian seats within France's National Assembly.

Mr Marais says the rudder or taillight beacon on the missing plane was inadequate.

"French Polynesia would like to have all the planes equipped with the latest rudder beacons, the ones that are proper to a single aircraft because right now planes are only obliged to have one rudder beacon which could be any rudder beacon and with the new rule you could have a rudder beacon for each and every plane with it's own identification and this would be much easier to find a plane in case of a crash."

Thibault Marais from Tahiti Presse.