By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – More than two years after the Caribbean Airlines (CAL) Boeing 737-800 aircraft overshot the runway and crash-landed at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) Timehri, the Guyana Government have finally released the findings of the accident following an investigation by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority and the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
According to Presidential Advisor on Governance Gail Teixeira, the investigations have concluded that the accident was caused by the aircraft touching down far beyond the touching down point of the runway.
This is exactly what initial investigations had revealed which claimed that the pilot “mis-averaged” the runway when landing and could not bring the plane to a halt in time.
The plane crashed just after midnight on July 30 2011, splitting into two. There were no deaths, however several passengers sustained injuries and have since taken legal action.
Teixeira said the report on the crash will be made public soon. This finding however runs counter to allegations of the Trinidadian Government who had blamed Guyana for the cause of the accident, saying that the problem was at the airport. Plans are currently afoot to expand the CJIA runway and by extension the Airport Facility.