[Guyana] ASL Kurupung plane mishap due to brake failure

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[Guyana] ASL Kurupung plane mishap due to brake failure

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ASL Kurupung plane mishap due to brake failure
January 31, 2015

Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Zulphicar Mohamed, has confirmed that some difficulty experienced with the brake of an Air Service Limited (ASL) Britten Norman Islander forced the plane to run off the airstrip when it landed at Kurupung onThursday morning.

Mohamed said that his investigators were dispatched to the interior in the wake of the accident. Yesterday, he said that the agency confirmed that there was an issue with the plane’s brake mechanism. He told the newspaper that the plane suffered some damage but it could be repaired.

Kaieteur News understands that the pilot, Captain Michael Halim, had three passengers onboard along with cargo. The plane bearing registration number 8R-GAR, had arrived in the Region Seven location some time after 09:00hrs. No one was hurt when the plane came to a halt in a clump of bushes.

Last May, a downdraft was blamed for a hard landing that had also occurred at the Kurupung airstrip. The incident had involved a Trans-Guyana Britten Norman Islander aircraft. Halim, who was working with that company, was piloting the craft at the time.

The landing gear of the plane was damaged. Trans-Guyana spokesperson Kit Nascimento had stated at the time that the airstrip does not have the necessary length. Six persons walked away without injury.

The latest incident for ASL was just about a month after another of the company’s Britten Norman Islanders went missing.

The 28-year-old pilot, Nicky Persaud and his 51-year-old cargo handler, David Bisnauth, were shuttling construction supplies from Mahdia to Karisparu in the Potaro-Siparuni region. A 21-day search for the men turned up empty.

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