Air Vanuatu’s Twin Otter aircraft that faced technical difficulties last Saturday at Walaha airstrip on West Ambae has been fixed and should be back in the hangar shortly.
This was confirmed by Air Vanuatu Public Relations Officer Tiffany Carroll when she was asked about the incident regarding the aircraft.
In her response, Ms Carroll revealed that the cable that snapped was six months old and manufactured in New Zealand; in the meantime an investigation has been launched-“Air Vanuatu, CAAV and CAANZ are conducting the investigation in to the incident”.
According to the PRO of Air Vanuatu, “The Captain had an indication of an irregularity with the flight controls of a twin otter aircraft. After landing safely, a check revealed a component failure”.
However Ms Carroll mentioned that inspections are conducted prior to and after each operation so the mystery of the broken cable can only be answered after the investigation is complete.
“We inspected all twin otter aircraft in our fleet and no others were found to have any issues, however as an added safety precaution we have replaced the cable in question,” she said.
On behalf of Air Vanuatu Ms Carroll added that “incidents in aviation are rare” and in such an occurrence it was handled majestically, concluding, “Air Vanuatu pilots are trained to the highest standards and meet the requirements of CAAV to operate aircraft according to their licensing in Vanuatu”.