Air Vanuatu Twin Otter cable snap incident under investigation

File photo of an Air Vanuatu Twin Otter at Gaua Airport. Photo: Olivier Morice/Wikimedia Commons

File photo of an Air Vanuatu Twin Otter at Gaua Airport. Photo: Olivier Morice/Wikimedia Commons

The broken cable which caused “technical difficulties” with the Twin Otter plane at Walaha just over a week ago is being investigated. Air Vanuatu, Vanuatu Civil Aviation and Civil Aviation NZ are conducting the inquiry. The cable was manufactured in New Zealand. The break was potentially very serious, but occurred just as the plane was landing and the pilot handled the matter majestically, Air Vanuatu advises. Good news for Air Vanuatu safety at the same time is the airline’s passing of its IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). CEO Joseph Laloyer said the results of the 2016 audit were the best ever achieved by the company. (Daily Post)

The Office of the Chief Trade Adviser for the Pacific Islands Forum takes issue with the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industry over statements published by the Chamber in relation to PACER Plus. These were labelled as “simply inaccurate and show a lack of understanding of trade rules or over-reliance on the distorted views of some non-governmental organizations.” It claims the “view of the VCCI is lopsided when it comes to the benefits of trade to Vanuatu.” (Daily Post)

The Chairman of the Vanuatu Free West Papua Association, Pastor Alan Nafuki, says plans are underway to ensure West Papua becomes a full member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group before this coming Christmas. The meeting of the Melanesian Spearhead Group has been postponed twice this year and reflects differences in thinking of the MSG leaders. Pastor Nafuki received the MSG Chairman Sogavare last week on the visit of the latter to Vanuatu who confirmed the summit should take place early December no matter how many leaders attend. Solomon Islands PM Sogavare was certain the people of both Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are committed to West Papua’s membership, he told Radio Vanuatu News.

The Pacific Legal Legal Information Institute — PacLII — continues to improve access to the law for South Pacific people a public meeting at USP learned last week. The new Director of PacLII, Dr Anita Jowitt, detailed possibilities for restoration of funding which will enable the legal institute to expand its role in providing information about legislative and judicial decisions within the island countries. (Daily Post)

The Sik Plastik long Solwota exhibition launched last week at the Suzanne Bastien foundation to the great acclaim of all attending. An extremely imaginative display of artworks, many using abandoned items of plastic waste found on Port Vila beaches, emphasizes the destructive, poisonous and ever-growing capacity of plastic to change the marine environment, and all through humankind’s careless disposal of waste. The free exhibition continues until 26 November.