Chinese government gifts MA60 aircraft at Fua'amotu hand-over

Jul 7, 2013 Full story: Matangi Tonga 370

In an emotional speech he said that it was the first of its type in the region but, "It is sad that the United States even New Zealand have not accepted this aircraft."

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kauvaka

Tonga

#1 Jul 7, 2013
"The aircraft is safe" said Deputy Prime Minister Samiu Vaipulu.Change aircraft for ship and it sounds familiar. 74 lives lost. May they Rest in Peace
mango salsa

Los Angeles, CA

#2 Jul 8, 2013
China should just own tonga already..
gengis khan

Auckland, New Zealand

#3 Jul 8, 2013



Myanmar grounds MA60 planes over safety concerns
Yangon (AFP) June 11, 2013 - Myanmar has grounded its Chinese-made MA60 planes for safety checks following two landing incidents involving the aircraft in the past month, a senior official said on Tuesday.
An MA60 carrying about 60 passengers skidded off a runway at a domestic airport in southern Myanmar on Monday but nobody was injured. In mid-May an MA60 overshot the end of a runway at an airport in eastern Shan State, injuring two people.
"I think the accidents happened because of system failure. We will check all the systems. That's why we stopped the operation of the planes," Tin Naing Tun, director general of the Civil Aviation Department, told AFP.
"He said state-owned Myanma Airways operated three turbo-prop MA60 planes.
The same type of aircraft crash-landed at an airport in eastern Indonesia on Monday, leaving two people with minor injuries.
In May 2011 an MA-60 operated by Indonesia's Merpati Nusantara crashed in West Papua province, killing 25 people.
Following that accident, Indonesian authorities banned the plane -- manufactured by Xi'an Aircraft Industrial Corp.-- from landing at three airports with difficult approaches.
China's high-flying aviation ambitions suffered a setback on Tuesday as Myanmar grounded several planes made by the Asian powerhouse and Indonesia ordered special checks on its fleet following a series of safety incidents.
An MA60 turbo-prop airliner with 52 people on board crash-landed at an airport in eastern Indonesia on Monday, leaving two passengers with minor injuries and forcing state-owned carrier Merpati to write off the plane.
On the same day an MA60 operated by Myanma Airways carrying about 60 people skidded off a runway at a domestic airport in southern Myanmar, although nobody was hurt.
It was the second such incident in less than a month involving one of three MA60s owned by Myanma Airways.
"I think the accidents happened because of system failure. We will check all the systems. That's why we stopped the operation of the planes," Tin Naing Tun, director general of Myanmar's Civil Aviation Department, told AFP.
The Chinese maker of the plane, AVIC Xi'an Aircraft Industry Company, could not be reached for comment on Tuesday.
China is fighting for a bigger piece of the multi-billion dollar global aviation market with home-grown technology.
The communist nation is developing the ARJ-21 regional jetliner and the 168-seat C919 plane in the hope of competing with Boeing and Airbus.
Its turboprop-powered airliners have an appalling record. In May 2011 an MA60 operated by Merpati crashed in West Papua province, killing 25 people.
Following that accident, Indonesian authorities banned the plane from landing at three airports with difficult approaches.
After the latest incident on Monday, Indonesia's transport ministry said it would carry out a "special audit" -- the term given to checks carried out following serious accidents -- on the MA60s.
The process would take up to three months, ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan told AFP.
"We will investigate how maintenance work was carried out, the availability of spare parts, crew training, and all matters related to operations," Ervan said.
Merpati is the only carrier in Indonesia which currently uses the Chinese-made planes, with eight in operation and five more undergoing routine maintenance work, according to airline spokesman Herry Saptanto.
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"Our MA60 aircraft have been certified by Chinese and Indonesian aviation authorities. We will continue to fly them."
Following the 2011 accident, there were calls by Indonesian lawmakers to ban the planes altogether.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono ordered a review into the controversial $220 million deal to buy the MA60s amid allegations of kickbacks and concerns about the planes' air-worthiness
gengis khan

Auckland, New Zealand

#4 Jul 8, 2013
also
America, Canada, NZ and Australia have banned the aircraft from flying to their countries because of what they say is an "appalling safety record".
NZ on it's national TV news tonight accused the commie Chinese who had just gifted one of these planes to the Kingdom of Tonga of the worst kind of graft, likely to cause a tragedy. and of having no sense of humanity at all, and just thinking of the dollar.
In other words, the slim ball Nazi commies just gifted Tonga a white elephant
gengis khan

Auckland, New Zealand

#5 Jul 8, 2013
Tonga is still getting over its last tragedy, I think Chinese should leave Tonga now, before they are eaten.
This plane is made by a country that can just copy others,, read about it on google, and see what is the state of the pathetic commie aircraft industry
eagger

Tonga

#6 Jul 8, 2013
Its extremely worrying how Gov keeps intervening in this market. I hope the aircraft is checked by an independent body coz I really hope it doesn't fly if it isn't safe.
as for the deputy PM, nothing personal, but i think he should not be voted in again.

“Fight For Democracy in Tonga!!”

Since: Sep 10

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#7 Jul 8, 2013
"It has Bretton Whitney engines, its aviontics are Honeywell and other famous brands with avaionics on aircraft. This is a brand new aircraft donated by the People's Republic of China. The cost of the aircraft is about USD$15 million and the cost of parts to sustain service is between USD$ 13-14 million. In Tongan dollars, this grant from the PRC is over T$50 million pa'anga and it's, what we say, a grant and we have nothing to pay back.
How's silly we are, even the Prime Minister bending his back , bowing down to the Chinese,
what a very sick picture this makes
we are not treated as equals by the Chinese we are treated as a vessel state
getting something for nothing from the Chinese?
We will never have to pay it back?
Only the psychopathic defenders of the fake royal king. Will believe this baloney
it's only a person who's got an IQ equal to room temperature, would believe this garbage.
We may not have to pay it back in money, but we will certainly have to pay it back in loss of dignity, loss of sovereignty, loss of our own destiny in the world
probably all they want is another 50,000 visas for Chinese to resettle in our country.
And this fate King will give it to them
we can no longer put up with this rubbish
we must have a uprising today
we must man the barricades to defend our national sovereignty from this criminal aristocratic class
we cannot wait, let's start today
Boru 77

“Fight For Democracy in Tonga!!”

Since: Sep 10

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#8 Jul 8, 2013
gengis khan wrote:
also
America, Canada, NZ and Australia have banned the aircraft from flying to their countries because of what they say is an "appalling safety record".
NZ on it's national TV news tonight accused the commie Chinese who had just gifted one of these planes to the Kingdom of Tonga of the worst kind of graft, likely to cause a tragedy. and of having no sense of humanity at all, and just thinking of the dollar.
In other words, the slim ball Nazi commies just gifted Tonga a white elephant
Slimeball Nazis Communists.....lol
since when did our great friends the Chinese become Nazis?
You see the Chinese had these aeroplanes mothballed on runways. They were being bleached in the sun
they had to do something to give them away, otherwise they wouldn't be able to keep producing them
so is it a white elephant?
It's a lethal gift, a poisoned chalice that will only bring sadness and disaster to our country
yes we get it for free, but how much will it cost us in the long term, in blood and treasure

“Fight For Democracy in Tonga!!”

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#9 Jul 8, 2013
gengis khan wrote:
Tonga is still getting over its last tragedy, I think Chinese should leave Tonga now, before they are eaten.
This plane is made by a country that can just copy others,, read about it on google, and see what is the state of the pathetic commie aircraft industry
A Xian MA60 passenger plane, PK-MZO, sustained substantial damage in a hard landing accident at Kupang-Eltari Airport, Indonesia. There were 46 passengers and 4 crew members on board according to the Ministry of Transportation.
Merpati Nusantara Airlines flight MZ6517 departed Bajawa Airport (BJW), Indonesia on a domestic flight to Kupang. Upon landing the airplane undershot runway 27 and landed hard. The wing separated from the fuselage and both underwing engines tilted forward, contacting the runway surface. There was no fire.
Toni

United States

#10 Jul 8, 2013
Why? Why accepted this plane? Safety should be our number one concern. This plane's history should tell us to stay away from it. US and NZ will not touch this plane with a ten foot pole that should tell us something. I hope our people will not use this plane. This plane is not free if we lose one Tongan life in it. I will bet you our leaders will not ride this white elephant. Why invite more problems for our people? Was there a Chinese kick back for our leaders?
osiekutumu

Honolulu, HI

#11 Jul 8, 2013
fakavalevale mo'oni,koe omai ke tamate'i aki si'i kakai tonga,ta koe fielau hono ikai fiema'u ia 'e Amelika ke puna mai ki heni,kouhi koe ikai aonga ke puna 'ae model vakapuna ko'eni,hello 'oku ikai aopito safe,masiiii'i to pe 'a tonga he ngutu 'oe kau Siaina,koe kakai kaka taha 'eni 'i mamani,GOOD JOB TONGA!Kakai tonga 'oua te mou puna kimoutolu he vaka useless and unsafe ko'ena.lol
lol

Honolulu, HI

#12 Jul 8, 2013
lol
The CCP is DYING

Port Moody, Canada

#13 Jul 8, 2013
Toni wrote:
Why? Why accepted this plane? Safety should be our number one concern. This plane's history should tell us to stay away from it. US and NZ will not touch this plane with a ten foot pole that should tell us something. I hope our people will not use this plane. This plane is not free if we lose one Tongan life in it. I will bet you our leaders will not ride this white elephant. Why invite more problems for our people? Was there a Chinese kick back for our leaders?
Of course.

It's the CCP "system".

The corrupt gangsters grow rich and the people die. From the poisoned baby formula they are fed at birth to their death in a faulty high-speed train or airplane, or from cancer due to pollution, or in a CCP concentration camp if they dare speak the truth, that is the fate of mainland Chinese.

Now it spreads like mould or disease, if, of course, we are not wise and strong enough to stop it.
kauvaka

Tonga

#14 Jul 8, 2013
Toni and others, you are so right. The aircraft was due in November but was handed over in July. It cost Tonga nothing. This was not out of kindness this was because the chinese cannot get rid of the things, they are stacking them up in parking lots and cannot even give them away except to Tonga a country which they know has a deputy prime minister.........
eagger

Tonga

#15 Jul 8, 2013
For me, the problem is not receiving an aircraft from China, if it were any other aircraft we would be grateful for the assistance.

I think the handling of all this is the main problem. It's like the more the deputy pm says its safe, the more people seem to worry it isn't lol. Gov needs to get the aircraft checked by an overseas group, maybe from NZ.

NZ suspending tourism aid because of the unsafe plane I think is a bold but necessary move. They should not give aid to a government that doesn't put the safety of it's citizens first.

I'm also thinking of our funny budget that relies so much on aid, obviously it doesn't take into account that countries like NZ would let these kind of things slide lol. But yeah, I think I'd feel a bit easier if people from nz, auz or usa came to check the safety of the plane..

“Fight For Democracy in Tonga!!”

Since: Sep 10

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#16 Jul 8, 2013
kauvaka wrote:
Toni and others, you are so right. The aircraft was due in November but was handed over in July. It cost Tonga nothing. This was not out of kindness this was because the chinese cannot get rid of the things, they are stacking them up in parking lots and cannot even give them away except to Tonga a country which they know has a deputy prime minister.........
who is corrupt
Kilaz

Perth, Australia

#17 Jul 8, 2013
Give the plane to Samoa!
lol

Honolulu, HI

#18 Jul 8, 2013
mhk ia kilaz,poto nautolu ,ikai ke nau feima'u ia 'e Samoa,ko tonga valekua pe,pea toe lea o pehe 'oku sad he ikai ke except 'e NZ mo America 'ae vaka ni...ka loloa pehe leva ha list ,'oku TA'EEEE safe,pea tuku....you do not have to be a rocket science...SO TO ALL TONGAN TO NOT USE THIS SERVICE,koeuhi ke toe fakafoki moe fkvevea 'i Tonga...
redvelvet

Auckland, New Zealand

#19 Jul 8, 2013
Kilaz wrote:
Give the plane to Samoa!
What makes you think Samoa is stupid enough to accept a plane bound for death row? Do Tongans have a death wish or what?

Anyone would've thought your stupid gov would have learnt from the princess ashika incident not to operate dodgy sh/t.. But obviously not! All they care about are the do$$ar signs not your dam safety/lives.. That don't mean sh/t to them.
Kilaz

Perth, Australia

#20 Jul 8, 2013
The same reason why Samoa changed the side they drive on and then moved the date line and skipped a Friday.....You guys dont want to be last LOL you wait, in 2025 Samoa will buy one hahaha

Anyhoot, I heard Tonga were gonna put big wheels on it and sell it to the Fijians disguised as a tractor for cash

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