12 Apr 2010

Air Marshall Islands to get Dornier plane back

10:06 am on 12 April 2010

A one million US dollar overhaul in Taiwan will see a Marshall Islands airplane returned to service after three years.

The manager of Air Marshall Islands says the carrier's Dornier-228 aircraft, a 19-seat twin propeller plane, is expected to return to the Marshall Islands by the end of this month.

It has been in Taiwan at an Air Asia maintenance facility for nearly a year undergoing a major overhaul paid for largely by Taiwan.

The Dornier, one of only two planes owned by the government-run airline, was grounded in August 2007 after experiencing an in-flight engine problem.

For seven months in 2007 and 2008, both planes were grounded for various mechanical problems.