Caribbean Airlines Passenger Loses Leg
The Guyana based wife of the NY based passenger who suffered the worst injury in the Caribbean Airlines crash is in a mad dash to get close to her husband Noel Elliott. The man’s leg had to be amputated in New York after he broke it trying to flee the crash site in the dark on July 30.
The woman Sharon Elliott was today arranging to have her passport in order to be close to her husband to care for him in New York.
The other hurdle she has to overcome is the Immigration and Naturalization laws of the US. Her husband is a permanent resident and was coming back to Guyana to visit her when the accident occurred. It is now up to the local US consulate to decide whether in light of the circumstances the wife will be allowed to travel to be close to her injured husband.
Noel Elliott had been recovering at the Public Hospital Georgetown. He was discharged days after the crash but had to be flown back to the US for post recovery care. The doctors in the US advised that an amputation was necessary after they examined the damaged leg. Elliott had been visited while in the Georgetown Hospital by the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Kamla Persad Bissesar and the Chairman of Caribbean Airlines George Nicholas.
There were several injuries among the over 160 persons including the crew who were on the aircraft when it crashed. The BW 523 aircraft overshot the runway just after one thirty in the morning as it tried to touch down at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport at Timehri. The aircraft is being dismantled and moved from the crash site by the Civil Aviation Authority in Guyana. The flight number is being retired by Caribbean airlines which is standard practice after an incident of this nature.