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Bodies flown to city says Trans Guyana Airways Chief

images-1Trans Guyana Chief Executive Michael Correira. The airline has pledged to fully cooperate with investigators into Saturday crash and to assist with whatever international assistance may be needed.

He said that it was approximately 10:55 am when Captain Blake Slater radioed a distress signal which was heard by five pilots, including three Trans Guyana pilots who were flying at the time. The aircraft had departed from Olive Creek for Imbaimadai on a flight that would have been just 15 minutes, Correia said.

On Sunday, the crash site was located and then on Monday morning, Captain Blake Slater and the aircraft loader, Dwayne Jacobs were discovered dead. Today, their bodies were flown to Georgetown.

28-year-old Dwayne Jacobs was employed with Trans Guyana for 10 years. He started as a handyman and then was promoted to aircraft loader, a position the company said was one of considerable responsibility for the safety and security of the cargo.

The pilot, Blake Slater, a Canadian, whose mother is Guyanese, joined the company three years ago. Trans Guyana said he had 3, 000 flying hours, with most of that on the Caravan. With the company, Captain Slater was known as a thoroughly disciplined pilot.  Trans Guyana said that it is working with the families of both men and will do everything that is needed to support them.

For the airline, the time it took to discover the aircraft and then to locate the men, was a difficult experience.

Trans Guyana has expressed thanks to the aviation community for their support. Investigations into the crash are continuing.  

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