SUVA, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Fijian police confirmed on Wednesday the death of the two aviators at the crash site in the country's northern island of Vanua Levu.
Fiji's Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu said that the joint search teams consisting of officers from the Fiji police force and the Fiji military force had reached the site of the plane crash and confirmed the deaths.
A male flight instructor and a 21-year-old female student pilot were reported missing after the Pacific flying school Cessna 172 aircraft they were aboarding was missing on Monday.
"The news of the discovery has been relayed to the family of the victims as the focus shifts to the investigation into the circumstances leading up to the tragic incident," said Tudravu.
The plane left early on Monday from Nadi, the third largest city of the South Pacific Island state, and headed to Labasa, capital of the northern island of Vanua Levu.
The Fijian government has appointed New Zealand-based air accident investigator Andrew McGregor as the independent investigator to determine the cause of the crash of the aircraft.