Trainee Air Force crew get valuable experience

The 11 students on board the Orion for a training exercise spent two hours searching for the 13m wooden boat. Photo / File
The 11 students on board the Orion for a training exercise spent two hours searching for the 13m wooden boat. Photo / File

A trainee Air Force crew joined a search for a missing boat in the Pacific earlier this week, but failed to find it.

The 11 students on board the Orion for a training exercise spent two hours searching for the 13m wooden boat before the aircraft had to stop in Tonga for fuel.

The missing boat was later found by a merchant vessel and towed to Nuku'alofa.

"It was a very good test for students," No 5 Squadron Executive Officer Squadron Leader (SQNLDR) Glen Donaldson said.

The crew were on a routine training flight from the RNZAF's Whenuapai base to Fiji and Tonga when the plane was diverted to join the search operation.

- NZ Herald

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