Real Tonga plane grounded after engine problems

Real Tonga’s Y12 domestic aircraft has been withdrawn from services after it had a problem with engine performance and landed safely yesterday local media reported.

The Civil Aviation Minister ‘Etuate Lavulavu reported as saying he was “concerned” as this was not the first time the problems happened.

The incident came on a day of continuing turmoil for the national airline, in which we received several complaints from passengers saying flights scheduled for the Niuas were cancelled earlier this week with the company telling passengers it was due to aircraft’s technical problems.

It was understood some of the outer islands flight schedules were cancelled last week but that was due to bad weather conditions.

Real Tonga could not be reached for comments.

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