Saturday, January 18, 2014

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, 8R-GHS, Trans Guyana Airways: Accident occurred January 18, 2014 - Olive Creek, Marazuni, Guyana

The downed Cessna 208B Grand Caravan

 Left to right: Trans Guyana Airways Chief Pilot, Andre Farinha; Chief Finance Officer Nicole Correia and CEO Michael Correia at a press conference yesterday

 The body of Canadian pilot Blake Slater comes in to the Olive Creek airstrip

Blake Slater

 The body of cargo loader, Dwayne Jacobs Newton is wrapped at the Olive Creek airstrip before being flown to Ogle

 Roslyn Jacobs, the mother of dead cargo loader, Dwayne Jacobs Newton, arrives at the Ogle Airport

The Trans-Guyana crash…  

The bodies of pilot, cargo loader flown to Ogle Airport
…officials say pilot did not report any problems with the aircraft which had done several shuttle flights on Saturday.

THE bodies of Canadian pilot, Blake Slater and Guyanese cargo loader, Dwayne Jacobs Newton were taken out of the jungle late Tuesday morning and taken to funeral homes in the city.The Trans-Guyana Cessna aircraft went down with the pilot and cargo loader on board last Saturday.

TGA’s Chief Finance Officer, Nicole Correia said it would take less than one year before insurance benefits are paid to surviving beneficiaries. That time period, airline officials said, would allow for investigations to be conducted and for international accident assessors to complete their work.

Officials said the pilot did not report any problems with the aircraft which had already done several shuttle flights for Saturday. The downed plane underwent complete maintenance on December 31, 2013 and was inspected by the GCAA on January 7, 2014, TGA officials said.

TGA pledged to cooperate fully with the GCAA and said it would encourage experts from the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System (CASSOS) and the plane’s engine manufacturer to come to Guyana to assist in the investigation.

Special Forces personnel on Monday cleared a location close to the wreckage which enabled the GDF chopper to land and collect the bodies for transport to the Olive Creek airstrip, from where they were placed in an aircraft and flown to the Ogle Airport.


A Canadian pilot is likely dead after a plane crash in the jungle of Guyana, and the search has been suspended. 

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said in a press release the Trans Guyana Airways 700, Cessna 208B Grand Caravan on a shuttle operation between Olive Creek and Imbaimadai was seen going down by air traffic control and a search was launched.

A spokesman for Trans Guyana Aviation identified the pilot as Canadian Blake Slater, AFP reported. The passenger was Dwayne Newton of Guyana, a cargo loader.

The GCAA said the plane crashed near an area called Olive Creek, in the Marazuni area of the Amazon forest. The search was suspended at 6 p.m. local time because of poor lighting and was set to resume at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, the GCAA said.

The plane was fitted with a locator beacon, but U.S. Mission Control Center hadn't received a signal from the downed aircraft, the GCAA said.


Search suspended for missing Trans Guyana plane, no signal picked up by US control center.
The Rescue Coordination Center has suspended the search for a Trans Guyana plane that went missing this afternoon over the Mazaruni.

The search will resume tomorrow.

The GCAA press release follows:

At the end of the day, following ground and air search based on information received, there has been no sighting of 8R-GHS Trans Guyana
Cessna 208B Grand Caravan that went missing earlier today. The air search for the aircraft has been terminated for the day at 1800hrs due the poor lighting, but will resume tomorrow morning at 0630hrs.

The aircraft is fitted with all of the appropriate emergency equipment including an Emergency Locator Beacon, 406Mhz. A check with the US Mission Control Center (USMCC) from which information concerning aircraft ELT signals is transmitted, has informed that they have not received any signal from the aircraft beacon.

The Rescue Coordination Center will continue its operation.

An aircraft will be deployed to overfly the area of interest tonight to look for any signs of the missing aircraft.

Search and Rescue Units, two helicopters and an Islander and a Cessna Caravan and the GDF Special Force Officers will continue with the search operation tomorrow commencing from an area identified as the area of interest. Additional personnel will also be deployed from coast to assist with the search.


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