[Guyana] Plane skids off Monkey Mountain Airstrip

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[Guyana] Plane skids off Monkey Mountain Airstrip

Unread post by bimjim » Tue Jul 08, 2014

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[Guyana] Plane skids off Monkey Mountain Airstrip
July 7, 2014

A 10-seater Islander aircraft piloted by Captain Orlando Charles skidded off the Monkey Mountain Airstrip seconds after touching down on Sunday morning.

The aircraft with registration number 8R-GGY received severe damage, but no injuries were incurred.

Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Director General Zulificar Mohamed told Guyana Times that a team of investigators was dispatched to the location of the accident just after midday on Sunday.

He confirmed that the accident occurred about 10:00h.

Mohamed related that the aircraft left the Ogle International Airport on Sunday morning, made two stops at Omai and Mahdia and it was while landing at Monkey Mountain, it ran off the runway. It is not clear if it was raining at the time of the accident.

Mohamed further stated that the aircraft has received substantial damage. He said another aircraft in the area would have received the distress call via radio and would have alerted the officials who responded immediately.

GCAA, in a release after the crash was confirmed, said a team has been dispatched to Monkey Mountain, Region Eight (Potaro/Siparuni) to determine what caused the Britten Norman Islander aircraft to run off the airstrip there.

The twin-engine aircraft, the release added, was damaged but the extent will be confirm upon arrival at the scene. The aircraft is owned by Domestic Airways, the release added.

In June, an Air Services Limited (ASL) aircraft skidded off the Paramakatoi Airstrip and crashed into a fence. It was reported that the Pilot tried to avoid a herd of cattle that was running across the airstrip as the plane was about to land.

The 8R-SUP Cessna 206 was shuttling food items from Mahdia when on approach to the airstrip, the Pilot encountered a strong cross-wind.

There were no passengers onboard and the Pilot was not injured. In light of the incident, members of the Guyana Aircraft Owners Association have renewed their calls for the Government to effectively handle the various inefficiencies in the aviation sector. One of their concerns was for the Government to maintain the interior landing strips. The Government has made provisions for these in the national budget, but the funds were voted down by the Opposition.

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