Thursday, August 02, 2012

Cessna Skyhawk, N662NA: Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Guyana

WORKERS of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) acted swiftly yesterday to keep runway 24/06 at that international airport clear, safe, and in a position to facilitate scheduled departure flights, after a US-registered 172 aircraft, number N662NA, crashed landed on the runway following failure of its retractable landing gear.

That aircraft was at the time being piloted by Freederico Rattle of Florida, USA, the only person on board the aircraft at the time of the accident. He reportedly suffered no injury.

Transport Minister Robeson Benn related after the incident that the plane was making a scheduled refuelling stop at the CJIA when the accident occurred. The plane was reportedly en-route to Cayenne.

Minister Benn told the Chronicle that following failure of the landing gear, the aircraft landed on its belly, causing damage to its undercarriage and the propeller. Workers were present to ensure the plane was speedily removed from the runway, and scheduled departure and arrival times of other aircraft were successfully facilitated.

Shortly after the accident, the Minister said, a LIAT aircraft was able to execute its scheduled landing.

According to Benn, within a few hours of the mishap, the aircraft was placed in a hanger, examined, and reports were being compiled in keeping with standard operating procedures.

Minister Benn said he received a call about the incident just after ten hours yesterday morning. A source at the airport told the Chronicle that at about 10:30 hrs yesterday morning, the Dopplar Radar Tower reported that itinerant aircraft Cessna 172 crash-landed on runway 24/06.

Coming from Grenada, the craft had about two hours of fuel on board at the time of the incident. The aircraft is registered and owned by Zenette Inc.

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