Engine Manufacturer among Trans Guyana plane crash investigators

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By Leroy Smith

Minister Benn flanked by other officials during the press conference. [iNews' Photo]
Minister Benn flanked by other officials during the press conference. [iNews’ Photo]
[www.inewsguyana.com]The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority is in contact with Transport Canada – the company which manufactured the engine of the Trans Guyana Cessna Caravan 8R-GHS – to aid in the investigation of the crash and the company has already committed to sending an engineer to Guyana for that purpose.

The other agencies being asked for assistance are the National Transport Safety Board of the United States, Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System, Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Suriname, Cessna, the aircraft and engine manufacturer Pratt and Whitney.

The Trans Guyana Aircraft crashed on Saturday, January 18 a few minutes after take off in the Mazaruni area, killing the Canadian Pilot, Blake Slater and Cargo Loader, Dwayne Newton.

At a press conference held on Wednesday, January 22 at his Kingston Office, Transport Minister Robeson Benn told the media that all the listed agencies have committed to rendering their service to aid in the investigation of the crash. An inspector has already been accredited from the Transport Canada Safety Board for this investigation.

There has been no contact just yet with the companies which manufacture and supply the ELT but according to the Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, Zulficar Mohamed the company will be contacted as the GACC is concerned that the tractor did not activate on impact, something that should have happened.

The mangled Trans Guyana aircraft, which claimed the lives of the Pilot, Blake Slater and Cargo Loader, Dwayne Newton.
The mangled Trans Guyana aircraft, which claimed the lives of the Pilot, Blake Slater and Cargo Loader, Dwayne Newton.

On Thursday, the Guyana Defense Force and investigators from the Civil Aviation will return to the crash site with specialized equipment to carry out the detaching and removal of components including the engine of the aircraft to facilitate the investigation.

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