Aviation authorities to step up scrutiny of local airlines

…following recent crashes

In the wake of recent incidents with planes including crashes, aviation authorities will be stepping up surveillance of local airlines and their operations.

“We have been discussing additional measures, additional oversight in respect of heightening the level of surveillance with respect to aircraft operations,” Minister of Transport and Hydraulics Robeson Benn told reporters at a news conference yesterday. Benn, along with officials of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) including Director-General Zulficar Mohamed were reporting on the Trans Guyana Airways (TGA) plane crash that occurred on Saturday in the mid-Mazaruni jungle. The pilot Blake Slater and cargo loader Dwayne Jacobs died in the crash.

“We have been recently quite concerned over a number of aircraft incidents, mishaps,” Benn said. He referred to the January 11 crash of a Cessna 206 aircraft which was heading to Kato. The plane crashed on take-off at the Ogle International Airport and then flipped over. Preliminary investigations, Benn said, indicate that the …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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