Saturday, January 10, 2015

Cessna 208B Grand Caravan, 8R-GAB, Trans Guyana Airways/Sky West Charter: Incident occurred January 10, 2015 at Matthews Ridge (SYMR), Region One/Barima-Waini, Guyana

Passengers on a Trans Guyana Airways flight are thanking their lucky stars after poor weather caused the plane to land hard at the Matthews Ridge airstrip in Region One.

The plane, according to Kit Nascimento, a spokesman for the company, sustained damage and will be unable to fly until repairs are conducted.

The Cessna Grand Caravan, bearing registration 8R-GAB, left Ogle, to arrive at the Matthews Ridge airstrip at 08:28hrs.

In it were 12 adult passengers and two infants. The weather was bad with visibility poor.

The plane had a hard landing and the left wing was damaged. There also appeared to be damage to the undercarriage of the aircraft.  There were no injuries reported.

According to Nascimento, a team of officials from the company and investigators from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) were scheduled to leave but bad weather caused the flight to the Region One area to be postponed.

The plane will have to be left there until repairs are concluded and deemed airworthy before it takes to the skies again.