Two dead in interior plane crash
The Army’s Special Force arrived at the site of the wreckage early this morning and found both persons on board dead. The Canadian pilot, Blake Slater was found still in his seat. The Guyanese man was cargo handler Dwayne Jacobs. Their deaths were confirmed by the Civil Aviation Authority.
The Trans Guyana Airways Cesna Caravan was on a shuttle operation between Olive Creek and Imbaimadai, in Region Seven. This photo gives an idea of the location near the crash site. The Upper left hand corner is the Kurupung River emptying into the Mazaruni River. The airstrip in the picture is the Olive Creek airstrip. It is from here that the plane took off on Saturday, and crashed approximately 4.3 kilometeres away.
The wreckage was spotted on Sunday but search and rescue workers could only get to the site about 7 am this morning. The pilot, Blake Slater was employed with Trans Guyana since April 2011as a Command Pilot. He once described himself as a young lad with a desire to explore new challenges and opportunities. Before coming to Guyana, he worked briefly with WestJet Airlines at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport The airline is due to give a report on the incident on Tuesday morning.