Search for missing Fiji Cessna

Searchers in Fiji are following tips from villagers on Vanua Levu as they continue the hunt for an aircraft that disappeared on Monday.

The Cessna 172 from the Pacific Flying School was carrying a flight instructor and a student pilot when it disappeared.

Lieutenant Sairusi Colati from the Fiji Rescue Co-ordination Centre said the search, which included soldiers and police, was continuing southwest of Labasa.

He said airborne and ground searchers were being used with their attention now focussed by information from villagers near Mt Delaikoro in the middle of Vanua Levu.

"They have two particular areas of interest. One which they highly regard as an area of interest, somewhere in the middle of Delaikoro in Labasa."

The last location for the Cessna 172 aircraft was about six nautical miles south-south-west of Labasa and approximately one nautical mile west-north-west of Navakura Village.


Photo supplied. Caption: Student pilot Merelesita Lutu (left) and flight instructor, Iliesa Tawalo