3 Apr 2013

Investigation into plane crash in Vanuatu

4:57 pm on 3 April 2013

Investigators have flown to Ambae Island in Vanuatu to find out what went wrong with the brakes of an Air Vanuatu plane, which crashed at Walaha Airport on Monday.

No one was injured in the crash.

Air Vanuatu officials say the brakes failed to function as the plane, carrying 11 passengers, touched down to land.

The experienced pilot was reported to have chosen to land at the airport and not in the sea because there were three small children among the passengers.

Eye witnesses on the ground confirm that the plane looks like a write off and the wing badly damaged after the pilot drove the aircraft into a metal post to stop the plane from taxing into the rugged end of the runway.