9 Apr 2012

Niue premier assures airport safety despite fire engine accident

9:57 am on 9 April 2012

Niue's premier Toke Talagi has reassured visitors to the island that Air New Zealand will not be cancelling its weekly flights from Auckland following a serious accident to one of the two airport fire rescue engines.

The rescue tanker rolled on a steep hill following a heavy rain shower in the main village of Alofi.

The machine was badly damaged but the premier, who is also the Air New Zealand agent on Niue, said alternative arrangements were being made.

International airport regulations stipulate that fire rescue engines must been available for emergency at airport sites during the take-off and landing of aircraft.