8 Feb 2007

Fiji turns to Canada to after NZ and Australia say no to crash probe

8:52 am on 8 February 2007

Fiji has turned to Canada for technical help with investigations into a plane crash last Thursday which killed three people.

The Fiji Times reports that Canadian help has been sought after New Zealand and Australia both refused to provide assistance although they have traditionally done so.

The interim minister for civil aviation, Manu Korovulavula, says the Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji has asked the Canadian Transport and Safety Board to help determine the cause of the crash.

Two Canadian tourists and their local pilot died when the Cessna-172 plane crashed in rugged mountains near Lautoka.

Air traffic controllers at Nadi International Airport said there was no prior indication from the pilot of any problems with the aircraft.