4 Jun 2008

Reports of French Polynesian plane crash investigated

1:07 pm on 4 June 2008

French Polynesian radio says there have been claims of a small plane crashing near Papara on the island of Tahiti.

The incident has been reported by several witnesses but police have yet to confirm that a small aircraft has been involved in a crash which is believed to have occurred in bush-clad territory.

A police helicopter has flown over the area without spotting a crashed aircraft.

Airport officials in Tahiti say no authorisation was given for a small plane to take off.