Fiji Coup: George Speight Arrested, Kiwi Pilots Taken Hostage – Smart and Hope Murders – Concorde: Repairs Before Crash, Final Moments, Lucky Escape, Flies Again – Wellington Weather – Olympic Uniforms
FIJI COUP - GEORGE SPEIGHT ARRESTED: Speight supporters have seized two NZ pilots and are holding them hostage. Fiji’s army was in a hurry this morning heading for a rebel strong-hold. Army says that warning shots were fired. About 30 rebels were wounded and a 50-year-old was killed. Hundreds of supporters have been rounded up and are in detention. The Army says that Speight threatened to assassinate the President. Speight was taken to barracks where security was tightened. Foreign Minister Phil Goff is conditionally pleased with the developments but remains concerned.
FIJI COUP - PILOT HOSTAGES: Two Kiwi pilots have been taken to a village that is being used as a rebel base. Democracy advocates in NZ think the hostage taking is aimed at NZ because it has been critical of George Speight. The PM is concerned but is pleased the Fijian Military is asserting its control.
SMART AND HOPE MURDERS: Police are enlisting the Navy’s help to find the bodies of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope. The Moa’s side scanning radar will be used. Deep waters off Tory Channel will be probed in the latest search. The search is due to start on Monday weather permitting.
CONCORDE: Today it has been revealed that last minute repairs were conducted on the engine that caused the Concorde crash yesterday. At the crash scene police and investigators moved in today. Bodies were covered by white sheets. Investigators are combing through the debris. The French President today joined the relatives of many of the dead.
CONCORDE – FINAL MOMENTS: A computer simulation shows the Concorde’s final moments.
CONCORDE – LUCKY ESCAPE: A woman who jumped from a window of the hotel as it was hit by the Concorde holds a press conference.
CONCORDE – FLIES AGAIN: 29 of 78 passengers aboard a British Airways Concorde flight today cancelled their trip.
WELLINGTON WEATHER: Wind makes landing at Wellington Airport stomach turning. Ferries kept running too. At the summit of Rimutaka gusts were gusting to 140kmh – the road was closed. Augie Auer says the weather is typical for winter in Wellington.
OLYMPIC UNIFORMS: Performance enhancing fabrics used in Reebok uniforms for the Kiwi Olympic team unveiled today. Basketball team says the fabrics are fantastic. Colour will be used to give a psychological edge.