Saturday, June 15, 2013

Piper PA-23-250 Aztec, N27FT: Accident occurred April 13, 2013 in Georgetown, Guyana

NTSB Identification: ERA13WA203
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Sunday, April 14, 2013 in Georgetown, Guyana
Aircraft: PIPER PA-23-250, registration: N27FT
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On April 14, 2013, about 1854 coordinated universal time, a Piper PA-23-250, N27FT, was destroyed when it impacted a residence shortly after departing from Ogle International Airport (SYGO), Georgetown, Guyana. The certificated airline transport pilot and one passenger were fatally injured. The local aerial observation flight was conducted under Guyanese flight regulations.

This accident investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA). Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Guyana Civil Aviation Authority
Fairlie House
96 Duke Street, Kingston
Georgetown, Guyana
Telephone: (592)-227-1219
Fax: (592)-225-6800

This report is for informational purposes and contains only information released by the government of Guyana.


Angiel EnviroSafe, Inc:

President Donald Ramotar

Kit Nascimento, PRO, Aircraft Owners’ Association

One of the engines being loaded onto a canter truck

The burnt interior of the Piper PA-23-250 Aztec (N27FT)

The house on fire after the Piper PA-23-250 Aztec crashed into it.

Captain Pierre Angiel 
Home Base Miami, Florida 

 Nick Dmitriev 
Canadian Scientist 

Saturday,  June 15, 2013 | By Kaieteur News

Members of the Aircraft Owners’ Association are still waiting on President Donald Ramotar to invite them to discuss concerns surrounding the American registered aircraft that crashed into a Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara house some two months ago.

This is according to the Association’s Public Relations Officer, Kit Nascimento. He said that the body is very disappointed that Ramotar has not yet met with the Association on this important issue.

The two-man crew on board the aircraft was on a technical survey mission for the Amaila Falls Hydropower project. Apparently, Sithe Global, responsible for managing the construction of the project, subcontracted Digital World Mapping to conduct surveys.

The aircraft, just after taking off from the Ogle Airport, crashed into Florence Tyndall’s residence and burnt a section of her neighbour, Michelle Belle’s house. Tyndall escaped unharmed but the aircraft’s owner and pilot Pierre Angiel and his passenger Canadian Scientist, Nick Dmitriev perished.

The Association sent a letter to the President early in May calling for the establishment of an independent Commission of Inquiry into the crashing of the aircraft. It was also worried that the aircraft entered Guyana without proper due diligence being carried out by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).

The letter pointed out that GCAA should not be the body conducting the investigations since they are the subject of investigation. And the regulations provide for the President to direct the investigations.

According to a source, the Air Transport Management Department of GCAA did not inform GCAA’s Aviation Safety Department of the aircraft’s presence in Guyana. And, it was only when the plane crashed that the Aviation Safety Department became aware of the plane. GCAA’s Director General Zulficar Mohamed who is also the head of the Air Transport Management Department denied that accusation.

Nascimento said, “We were informed that the President has our letter and was reviewing recommendations with consideration and we are disappointed that no further progress has been made.”

Whilst the Association is seeking an audience with the President, observers in the aviation industry believe that Ogle International Airport should take part of the blame for the incident.

According to an observer, a Senior Officer of the airport made some negative comments of the physical condition of the plane while it was at Caribbean Aviation Maintenance Service. “That officer should have contacted GCAA and placed the concerns,” the observer lamented.

But, according to Nascimento, Ogle International Airport is not responsible for the physical condition of a foreign plane that comes to Guyana. That is the responsibility of GCAA that has to give approval for the aircraft to operate in Guyana, he added.

In addition, the Safety Officer of the airport is only responsible for the airport’s safety and not that of aircraft utilizing the airport, Nascimento said.