8 Jan 2015

Real Tonga plane runs into trouble

9:15 am on 8 January 2015

Real Tonga Airlines' Jetstream plane has run in to problems on a flight from Vava'u to the main island, Tongatapu.

The infrastructure minister, 'Etuate Lavulavu, told Radio Tonga the aircraft has been detained and grounded until a complete incident report is submitted to the ministry.

Mr Lavulavu says one of the computerised engines overheated mid-flight and had to be turned off. The plane landed safely with one engine.

Real Tonga has been embroiled in diplomatic controversy after New Zealand issued a travel advisory against flying an MA-60 plane gifted to the airline from China.