Crashed aircraft engines to be examined in the US – 15th Apr 2013
The engines from the Piper Aztec aircraft, which crashed on a house in the Sparendaam Housing Scheme on Saturday, have been retrieved and will be sent to the National Transportation Safety Board in the United States for examinations.
According to the Head Guyana’s Civil Aviation Authority, Zulfikar Mohamed, the recovery of the engines was a critical part of the process.
Mohamed was speaking to the media at the crash site yesterday, as he observed the retrieving process.
Two foreign pilots perished when the plane went down. They are 71-year-old American pilot, Piere Angiel and 54-year-old Canadian technician, Nick Dmitriev.
The pilots’ unrecognizable remains were discovered among the rubble of what was once a wooden house occupied by the elderly Florence Tyndall and three others.
Mohamed said at a time when Guyana was celebrating 100 years in the aviation sector, this incident has cast a cloud over the observances.
Meanwhile, some eyewitnesses recalled the horrific tragedy.
There are already concerns over the rebuilding of the destroyed house and others which were affected. According to Transport Minister Robeson Benn, the Government would only be offering support to those affected by the plane crash. But, in terms of compensation, the insurer of the aircraft would be responsible for that.