6 Oct 2016

Vanuatu plane lands safely despite gear break

6:38 pm on 6 October 2016

A Twin Otter plane in Vanuatu carrying 19 people has managed to land safely despite its elevator cable snapping just before touch down at Walaha airport in West Ambae.

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Air Vanuatu ATR 42 aircraft (now retired) at Bauerfield International Airport, Port Vila. Photo: Wikipedia

The acting director of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vanuatu, Peter Omawa and the chief executive of Air Vanuatu, Joseph Laloyer, have both confirmed the incident saying another plane was dispatched immediately to fly the stranded passengers to their destinations.

The Daily Post newspaper says the plane is still at Walaha waiting for a replacement cable to be flown in from Australia.

The CEO says investigations will be carried out to find out why the cable, which was installed just six months ago, snapped.

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