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23 January 2002
After a smooth and promising start to the third day of targeted aerial spraying against
painted apple moth, the operation was halted just after 7am when the helicopter made a
precautionary landing when warning lights indicated a possible mechanical problem.
The exact cause is not known right now but engineers are inspecting the machine.
Whether spraying will continue tomorrow will depend on what they find.
Civil Aviation Authority's requirements for a twin-engine machine for safety reasons
meant the pilot and navigator landed safely in Archibald Park and there was no risk to the
Today's aerial spraying plans were for about four to five hours spraying over the
suburbs of Kelston, Glendene and TeAtatu south to complete the first stage of operation.
For more information please contact:
Mary-Ann Crawford MAF Communications MOB: 021 648 117