Plane body to be used as training facility

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BY BARNABAS MANEBONA

THE Boeing 737 fuselage currently parked near the MCA hangars, east of Henderson Airport, will be purposely used as a fire fighting simulator facility for the airport fire crew.

This is after some modifications on the fuselage.

“The Ministry of Communication and Aviation (MCA) as airport operator is responsible for such implementation,” said the Civil Aviation Authority of Solomon Islands (CAASI) Acting Director Brian Halisanau in response to concern over the fuselage that belonged to the Boeing 737, a jet cargo freighter crashing in 2014 at Henderson airport.

According to concern, the fuselage sight is an eyesore to the airports environment being parked there for years now.

The Boeing 737, a New Zealand registered aircraft in the livery of Toll Group (Australian based freight company) being flying from Brisbane to Solomon Islands was on touchdown when its right side gave way causing the crash.

Manager Commercial for Solomon Airlines Ltd (SAL) Mr Colin Sigimanu when also responding over the concern confirmed that the eyesore wreck sitting at the east end of the Domestic Terminal is under the custody of CAASI.

“It is the responsibility of the State to determine the cause of action to be taken,” said Sigimanu.

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