GCAA says mandated to probe local aircraft accidents under int’l convention

Guyana, as a party to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, is mandated to have the national regulatory body for civil aviation carry investigations on aircraft accidents, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has said.

In a statement to the media yesterday, the body said that to infer that while conducting an investigation the GCAA is investigating itself is an “obfuscation of the facts”.

In the wake of a series of aviation accidents critics have asked for an independent body to investigate the cause of accidents, while calling for the recruitment of a qualified Flight Operations Inspector.

Spokesman for the Aircraft Owners Association of Guyana (AOAG) Kit Nascimento has stated that the GCAA should be also be subjected to investigation whenever there was an aircraft accident because it is the regulatory civil aviation body and would essentially be investigating itself.

He had added that it is a practice worldwide that there would be an investigation independent of the civil agency.

The GCAA said its statement yesterday was to “clear up several misconceptions being peddled in the public domain concerning the function of the authority in relation to accident and incident investigations.”

The statement said: “Guyana as a signatory to the Convention on International Civil Aviation is mandated to carry out a safety investigation in conformity with the protocols and procedures set out in Annex 13 to that Convention. It must be made clear that this Annex 13 investigation is a safety investigation with the sole objective of preventing accidents and incidents. It is not the purpose of this type of activity to apportion blame or liability. These types of investigations are usually carried out by the national regulatory body for civil aviation. This is the practice internationally; Guyana is no different in this regard.

“The Civil Aviation (Investigation of Accidents) Regulations of 1982 makes provision for the appointment of an Inspector of Accidents for the purposes of carrying out an investigation into the circumstances and causes of accidents and incidents arising out of or in the course of air navigation, which occur to civil aircraft in or over Guyana, or elsewhere to civil aircraft registered in Guyana.”

As regards the issue of the employment of a Flight Operations Inspector, the GCAA further indicated that while it does not have a full time in-house inspector one is readily available through the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System (CASSOS). The CASSOS is a body that provides human and technical resources to address existing regional deficiencies in aviation.

“While the GCAA, like other aviation authorities across the region, does not yet have the optimum level of resources, the authority has formed the necessary

relationships that bring to bear any technical and human resources as the need arises,” the statement said, highlighting its affiliation with the CASSOS.

The GCAA was previously staffed with an International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) approved Flight Operations Inspector but “certain operators moved to the courts to prevent him from carrying out his functions” and he left, the statement said. It added that since then the GCAA has made endless efforts to recruit another.

Last Saturday a Trans Guyana Airways (TGA) plane crashed in the mid-Mazaruni jungle, killing the pilot Blake Slater and cargo loader Dwayne Jacobs.

With respect to the accident, the GCAA said it has moved swiftly to carry out its mandate as it is required to do under national and international law. “The authority is in contact with the relevant international agencies and has in place all the technical and human resources necessary for the completion of its safety investigation,” the statement said.

Transport Minister Robeson Benn on Wednesday said that aviation authority will be stepping up surveillance of local airlines and their operations—identifying overload as one concern.

More in Local News

default placeholder

India beat West Indies by an innings and 92 runs

NORTH SOUND, Antigua,  CMC – India defeated West Indies by an innings and 92 runs, 25 minutes after tea on the fourth day of the opening Test at the Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium here today.

Jaikarran Chandradeo

Two more held as cops look for motive in Corentyne triple murder

Police yesterday detained two more persons as they continued to try to unravel the motive behind the gruesome shooting to death of two men and a teenage boy, whose bodies were discovered at Kokerite Savannah, Mibicuri Creek, on Friday.

These children enjoyed being pushed home by a cousin

Riverstown

Riverstown, a village on the Essequibo Coast, is pressed between Pomona and Airy Hall. Once you cross the railway-like bridge over a black water creek, you’re in Riverstown, where there are more than 700 residents.

Raphael Trotman

SARU operating legally despite absence of legislation

Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman said on Thursday that the State Assets Recovery Unit (SARU) is operating legally and despite its inability to prosecute persons, it is currently doing investigative work which is part of its mandate.

Dead: Orin Morris

Sophia stevedore killed in freak accident at wharf

The body of a stevedore attached to the John Fernandes Limited, Water Street wharf was retrieved from the Demerara River on Thursday evening, more than a day after he was involved in a freak accident.

The old abandoned Moco-Moco Hydropower Station

2018 deadline set for completion of Moco-Moco hydropower facility

Due diligence is currently being done on two firms that had bid to rehabilitate the Moco-Moco hydropower facility and the project should be completed by the end of 2018, Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson says.

Comments

About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.



Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: