UPDATE: Injured Roraima Airways engineer to be discharged from hospital today – investigations still ongoing

A staff member trying to out the fire

The Roraima Airways engineer who was injured during a hangar explosion on Monday is expected to be discharged from a private hospital today, according to a top official of the company.

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) is still to complete investigations to determine what caused the explosion which took place at the hangar at the Eugene F. Correia International Airport, Ogle, East Coast Demerara (ECD).

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.

A staff member trying to out the fire
This photo shows staff members trying to put out the fire which affected the right wing of the aircraft

Captain Gerry Gouveia (Jr), son of the Managing Director of Roraima Group of Companies, told INews earlier today that the injured engineer’s wounds were relatively minor where he suffered some burns to his hands and face. His ankle was also fractured and had to be placed in a cast.

However, from the first day he was hospitalised he has been stable and will be discharged sometime during the course of today, Gouveia Jr stated.

He explained that this was the first time in the history of operations of Roraima Airways that such an incident has occurred whereby there was an explosion on one of his company’s aircraft.

“However, I must point out that safety systems took charge, we were able to efficiently and quickly handle the situation, within 18 seconds of incident the first fire extinguishing method was in place… within 33 seconds the fire contained, people evacuated…I must applaud the heroic nature of some of our staff where four engineers ran towards fire, and everyone was either evacuating or helping the injured,” he noted.




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