Minister of Infrastructure, 'Etuate Lavulavu told Radio and Television Tonga News that despite a flat tyre to the Real Tonga plane at Kaufana Airport in Eua, the plane should not have been ordered not to fly.
The Solicitor General confirmed that Civil Aviation has grounded the plane.
However, the Minister said Government will wait 14 days for the engineer report before deciding on the fate of the Y12 aircraft. In the meantime, the plane will continue flying, said Minister Lavulavu.
Radio Tonga said the plane was empty when the incident happened at Kaufana Airport.