25 May 2006

Air Fiji passengers injured after plane crashes through fence

10:06 am on 25 May 2006

Passengers on board an Air Fiji flight had to be treated for minor injuries and trauma after their plane veered off the runway, crashed through a perimeter fence and stopped with its belly in a drain.

The Fiji Times reports that the accident happened at Savusavu airport in Vanua Levu late yesterday afternoon.

A spokesman at Savusavu Hospital confirmed 10 passengers were treated for minor injuries and shock while a pregnant woman was admitted for observation.

He said they want to keep monitor the woman and baby's condition for at least a day before they are discharged.

Air Fiji says it has begun an internal investigation and reported the accident to the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji.

Police who arrived at the scene had to clear a large crowd from the runway before they could get close to the damaged aircraft.