US investigation teams arrive in Guyana
-visit crash site
Eight US aviation experts along with a series of other high ranking regional aviation experts have arrived in Guyana to investigate the cause of Saturday morning’s crash of a Caribbean Airlines aircraft.
The team which is being led by Mr. Robert Benzon, from the United States of America is here to conduct investigations and also to lend support to local authorities to determine the cause of Saturday morning’s crash at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri.
Kaieteur News was told that the team visited the crash site and has made certain evaluations.
Minister of Transportation Robeson Benn, told Kaieteur News late last night that the US team includes persons who are specialised in their various fields.
Civil Aviation Inspectors from Trinidad and Tobago and two inspectors from Suriname have arrived in Guyana to lend support.
The Director General from the local Civil Aviation Authority Ramesh Lutchmie-Dial is also liaising with the team of investigators.
This newspaper was told that the investigators will be reviewing data from the “Black Box, Voice Data and Flight Data” to determine the cause of the crash.
On Saturday Caribbean Airlines Chairman George Nicholas, along with other officials arrived here to assess the damage.
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago arrived in Guyana 18 hours after the accident and was taken on a tour of the wrecked site.
The aircraft was acquired by Caribbean Airlines at a cost of US$38 million. Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar said that the aircraft was insured.
“Caribbean Airlines immediately activated its emergency response programme and is in direct contact with the relevant authorities. The airline’s primary concern at this time is for those on board the aircraft and their families,” CAL said in a statement.
Nicholas stated that Caribbean Airlines is putting together a team of psychologists and other health personnel to counsel passengers and crew members.
Initial reports suggest that the pilot landed far down the runway and could not stop in time.