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11 June 2021
Thursday 10 June 2021 | Written by Al Williams | Published in National, Outer Islands
A CI News file photo of Air Rarotonga's Cessna Citation II jet at Manihiki's airport. 20052254
Rarotonga managing director Ewan Smith said the incident happened as the Cessna
Citation II jet was taxiing for departure to Pukapuka.
charter group was delayed by a day as a result, leaving the airline with a
$20,000 bill, Smith said.
flew another aircraft and an engineer on Tuesday morning to Manihiki to change
the wheel as a precaution, the island council attended to compacting the soft
bill included the cost to fly another aircraft to the island, combined with the
nose wheel removal, he confirmed.
Cessna Citation II jet continued its charter to Pukapuka on Tuesday following
incident had not affected other airline schedules, Smith said.
had been a similar incident about 18 months ago, he said.
compaction of the coral runways and manoeuvring areas at some of our Pa Enua
airstrip are an ongoing challenge.
problem usually occurs while turning and manoeuvring, and not during take-off
said planning is underway by Infrastructure Cook Islands for the upgrading of
Pa Enua runways over the next several years.
week, Prime Minister Mark Brown said funds have been allocated in the 2021/22
budget for tar sealing of Manihiki’s runway.
are hopeful the Manihiki runway will be sealed in the next year followed by
Penrhyn,” said Smith.
coral airstrips have served the Pa Enua very well for decades, however, they do
cause additional wear and tear on aircraft compared to a paved runway, which
comes at a cost.
is a cost issue rather than a safety one, paving of runways will also allow us
to operate our Saab 340s to the Northern Group which will substantially reduce
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