6 May 2014

Tongan airline pilots not flying pending investigation

7:53 pm on 6 May 2014

Tonga's domestic airline has confirmed pilots have been asked to take a break from work until an investigation into an emergency landing is complete.

The pilots were forced to land last Wednesday on 'Eua without the landing gear, and no one was hurt after a successful manouvre.

The CEO of Real Tonga, Tevita Palu, says the Tongan Civil Aviation Department has called in independent reviewers, who will arrive on Saturday.

Tevita Palu says he is looking at options for sourcing an alternative plane in the meantime.

"We're looking to get a replacement as soon as we can. We haven't decided which option, we've got some options, as far as aeroplanes, but we haven't confirmed it. We are hopeful by early next week. We haven't got an agreement in place, but hope by early next week."

The CEO of Real Tonga, Tevita Palu.