Light aircraft crashes killing pilot and co-pilot – 13th Apr 2013
Two Foreign nationals including the pilot are dead as a result of a mid-afternoon crash of a light aircraft near Georgetown. The light aircraft reportedly lost power in its engine on take-off. A 69-year-old Guyanese woman is thankful to God that she escaped the spectacular light aircraft crash that burned and completely destroyed her small cottage in the village of Sparendaam.
The Light Aircraft was on a surveying mission to the Amaila Falls Hydropower project when it crashed just after taking off from the Ogle Airport around 3 o’clock.
Transport Minister Robeson Benn said that the aircraft was on its second mission for the day into the interior site. The US registered aircraft nosedived into the populated area about eight miles from the country’s capital, Georgetown creating panic in Sparendaam and the nearby villages. It had just refueled for the interior mission Minister Benn said.
The Director of Guyana’s Civil Aviation Authority says an investigation into the accident is underway.
Firefighters continued to douse the flames while police and military officials were on the scene trying to secure the crash site to facilitate the investigation.
The Ogle Airport just recently was certified to allow regional small aircraft to use there. The airport is closer to the nation’s capital, Georgetown but is surrounded by villages and upscale suburbs.