Dec 08, 2019 Last Updated 10:39 AM, Dec 7, 2019

Northern Air plane cleared

 By Netani Rika

A NORTHERN Air Bandeirante EMB110 aircraft which overshot the runway at Savusavu today has been cleared to return to service.

The twin turbo prop ended up on grass after landing in low visibility and strong cross winds.

Northern Air engineers were flown to Savusavu and established there was no mechanical or structural damage.

Once this was verified by Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji engineers, the aircraft operated the return service to Nausori.

Northern Air CEO, Captain Sen, said the aircraft - registration DQ-NAS had continued to operate throughout the day.

"We are satisfied with all safety aspects and those have been verified by Civil Aviation Authority" Sen said. "We are thankful there were no injuries to passengers."

Residents praised the skill of the pilots who landed the plane in difficult conditions.

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By Netani Rika

A NORTHERN Air flight overshot the runway this morning.

No casualties were reported.

The Bandeirante EMB110 landed in heavy rain and strong winds and could not stop in time.

"The pilot braked very hard and the engines were screaming in reverse," a resident said.

"The plane overran the apron and came to rest on the grass."

“Pilot skill saved the day.”

The aircraft has been cordoned off to allow investigations into the incident.

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