Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Cessna 208B, Guyana registration 8R-AMS, operated by Air Services Limited: Accident occurred July 15, 2013 in Mathews Ridge, Guyana

NTSB Identification: ERA13WA322
 Nonscheduled 14 CFR Non-U.S., Commercial
Accident occurred Monday, July 15, 2013 in Mathews Ridge, Guyana
Aircraft: CESSNA 208B, registration:
Injuries: 12 Serious,2 Minor.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On July 15, 2013, about 1157 coordinated universal time, a Cessna 208B, Guyana registration 8R-AMS, operated by Air Services Limited, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain during approach at Matthew's Ridge Airport (SYMR), Matthew's Ridge, Guyana. Eleven of the 14 occupants were seriously injured.

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.

 Air Services Limited (ASL) has paid some $3M in medical bills for the 12 passengers who were injured in the Matthews Ridge plane crash.

A release issued yesterday by ASL stated that all the passengers have been discharged from hospital.

“All 12 passengers are now out of hospital. Medical bills paid by ASL so far total approximately $3M,” the release said.

“ASL has also disbursed approximately $600,000 to cover incidental expenses and transportation costs. ASL staff members have stayed in touch with all 12 passengers. They had meetings with them last Friday, 19th July and Monday, 22nd July, to discuss claims for compensation,” it added.

According to the release, Esther Williams, of Baramita and Urmella Rajesh, of Berbice underwent surgery for fractured facial bones. They were the last two passengers to be discharged from the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital last Saturday.

“They are scheduled for a follow-up visit this Thursday, 25 July 2013 with Dr. Abalberto Fernandes. They are staying with relatives in Mocha, EBD, and Enmore, East Coast Demerara respectively,” the release said.

“Previously Aloma Massay (injury to right leg) Lloyd Thomas (main injuries to right shoulder, wrist and forehead) and Ulan Benjamin (hip injury) were sent home last Thursday. Dexter Benjamin who suffered lacerations on the lower right eye-lid was discharged from the Balwant Singh Hospital on Wednesday 17th July.

The release stated that five other passengers – Naline Dellon, Wesley Johnson, Troy Henry, Clifton Campbell and Sheldon Williams – were treated and discharged from Woodlands Hospital on the same day of the crash.

The remaining passenger, Christina Mangru, opted to travel out with ASL from Matthews Ridge the day after the crash, 16th July, and was seen and discharged from Woodlands Hospital on the same day.

“ASL thanks all passengers for their patience and understanding. Any queries can be addressed to ASL’s Personnel Manager Mr. Umadat Singh, (ASL, Ogle Airport Tel: 222-1234) who has been interfacing with passengers and their families.”

The pilot and passengers suffered injuries when the Cessna Caravan aircraft they were in crashed at Matthew’s Ridge two Mondays ago in inclement weather.