A plane explosion which occurred earlier today at the Eugene F. Correia International Airport has resulted in one person suffering from burns about his body.
The injured person who was identified as aircraft engineer, Anil Rampersaud, sustained second degree burns and a broken ankle. INews understands that the engineer was conducting a routine inspection of the Britten Norman Trislander aircraft when the incident occurred. The aircraft suffered damage to the right wing.
Roraima Airways in a press release this afternoon stated that the company is currently arranging counselling for its maintenance team and all other staff affected.
An investigation has since been launched into the incident.
Roraima Airways issued the following statement:
Roraima Airways regrets to inform that there was an incident at our Hangar at Eugene F. Correia International Airport earlier today.
The affected Britten Norman Trislander aircraft was on the ground in the hangar, undergoing a routine maintenance inspection at the time and suffered damage to the right wing.
Regrettably, one of our Engineers suffered burns to his hand and fractured his ankle. He is currently stable and resting in hospital. Roraima Airways will do all in its power to ensure he is comfortable and receives the best medical care. Please join with us in praying for his speedy and complete recovery.
An investigation to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the incident is currently underway by both our Maintenance Quality Department and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority.
We wish to praise the heroic efforts of our staff who responded aggressively as trained, using the fire-fighting equipment in the Hangar, negating any further injury or damage.
We are currently arranging counselling for the maintenance team and all team members affected.
While the temporary inability to use the aircraft is difficult for us, our flight operations will suffer no significant disruption.