[Antigua, FlyMontserrat] Burial dates set for crash victims

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[Antigua, FlyMontserrat] Burial dates set for crash victims

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[Antigua, FlyMontserrat] Burial dates set for crash victims
Martina Johnson
Monday, October 29th, 2012.

ST JOHN’S, Antigua

Captain Jason Forbes, the pilot who was among three killed in the Fly Montserrat crash, will be laid to rest this Friday, November 2, following a service at Spring Gardens Moravian Church.

Forbes’ mother, Carol Joseph, said the thanksgiving service will commence at 1 pm and the burial will then take place at Cedar Hall Moravian Church in Jennings.

Joseph said her family is “grateful to the nation for the overwhelming support and outpouring of sympathy that came from far and wide in Antigua & Barbuda.”

UK-born Captain Forbes, 31; Sandrama Poligadu, 57, of Guyana, and Annya Duncan, 29, of Jamaica, died on October 7 when VP MON crashed shortly after take-off from VC Bird International Airport around 4 pm.

The date for the Poligadu’s burial was unknown at press time. However, reports indicate Duncan’s body was flown to Jamaica yesterday and she will be buried on November 10.

At the time of the incident, Duncan was returning to Montserrat where she worked as a teacher while Poligadu, who was travelling for the first time, was headed to Montserrat to spend time with her daughter who was hospitalised with a complicated pregnancy.

A recent press statement from police indicated the three died as a result of multiple blunt traumatic injuries consequent to the crash.

Trinidadian pathologist Dr Hugh Desvignes, along with Dr Sekeena Goodwin, conducted the post-mortems.

Meantime, the sole survivor of the incident, 23-year-old Michael Hudson of the UK, is recovering there after spending just over a week in Mount St John’s Medical Centre in Antigua.

He sustained a broken left leg, right arm and multiple lacerations about the body, some of which required stitches.

Having observed the Britten-Norman BN2A-26 Islander getting out of control, Hudson reportedly blacked out before it smashed to the ground.

Preliminary findings on the crash indicate the fuel system was contaminated with water, resulting in the failure of the right engine.

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