Mechanical failure forces small plane to crash land at CJIA
A plane reportedly heading to Brazil crash landed at Cheddi Jagan International Airport yesterday morning, after its landing gear failed.
The pilot, Frederico Ratte, of Florida who was the only person onboard, walked away from the incident without any major injuries.
According to authorities, approximately 10:30 hrs, Civil Aviation Authority Control Tower reported that itinerant aircraft Cessna 172, registration number N662NA, crash landed on Runway 24/06.
The aircraft, which is from Grenada and owned by Zenette Inc
was stopping at CJIA for fuel. The aircraft only had two hours of fuel remaining.
It was reportedly en route to neighbouring Brazil.
There was damage to the propeller and to the underside of the aircraft.
According to a Flight Control Officer, responses from security and Guyana Fire Service were quick. However, the magnitude of the crash was not significant since there was no structural damage to the aircraft, another airport official said.
The Civil Aviation Authority will be conducting a mandatory investigation. The damaged aircraft was taken to the old Guyana Airways Corporation hangar.
There were not any major disruptions to flight activities.