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Solomon Islands passenger plane hits coconut trees on takeoff
23 January 2006

Reports from Solomon Islands say a plane taking off from Lata in Temotu province narrowly avoided an accident. The plane, operating on a flight for Solomon Airlines with 17 passengers on board had just taken off for Honiara when eyewitnesses say the plane hit the top of some coconut trees and then veered off to avoid crashing into a plantation. The airplane was reportedly leased from Air Fiji. (Radio New Zealand International)