A 37-years-old man was arrested for blocking the airport runway at Gwounaruu in Malaita Province on 28 May 2022.
Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Malaita Province, Superintendent Lelie Kili said it is alleged that a 37-year-old male person from Gwounaruu village obstructed a Solomon Airlines flight while under the influence of liquor.
PPC Kili said when the plane was ready to go into the runway, the man walked towards the plane and stopped the plane. Auki police were notified, responded and arrested the suspect.
Superintendent Kili said there is no motive behind the action as to why the suspect has done that. The suspect is released on police bail while investigation is continuing.
Mr. Kili said I would like to remind our good people in and around Gwounaruu village that Solomon Airlines is providing transport services for us and we should not do such action.
He said, as PPC, I call on the public around Gwounaruu that police will not tolerate such behaviour and call on chiefs and elders around the Airport to warn their youths.