Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Cessna 172N Skyhawk, Caribbean Aviation Training Centre, N101KA: Fatal accident occurred November 10, 2016 in Kingston, Jamaica


NTSB Identification: ERA17WA049
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Thursday, November 10, 2016 in Kingston, Jamaica
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N101KA
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On November 18, 2016, about 1335 eastern standard time, a Cessna 172N, United Stated registration N101KA, operated by the Caribbean Aviation Training Centre, was destroyed when it impacted a building in Greenwich Farm, Kingston 13, Jamaica. The pilot and two passengers were fatally injured. The local flight was conducted under Jamaican flight regulations.

This accident investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Jamaica. Any further information pertaining to this may be obtained from:

Civil Aviation Authority
4 Winchester Road
Kingston 5
Tel.: (876) 960-3965 / (876) 920-2280
Fax: (876) 920-0194

This report is for information purposes, and contains only information released by the Government of Jamaica.

Pilots from Caribbean Aviation Training Centre (CATC) at the thanksgiving service for the life of Danshuvar Gilmore.

If his time had come to die, he wanted to know that he had fulfilled his dream, lived his passion of becoming a pilot.

Nineteen-year-old Danshuvar Joshua Gilmore of St Ann did that, albeit shortlived, and more.

Captain Errol Stewart, founder and CEO of Caribbean Aviation Training Centre (CATC), told the gathering at the Ocho Rios Baptist Church on Saturday that student pilot Gilmore and two other victims of the November 10 plane crash in Kingston, Romone Forbes and Jonathan Worton, died protecting lives, as they were trained to do.

The Cessna 172 aircraft crashed in Greenwich Town, avoiding any casualties on the ground.

Stewart hailed this and announced that the CATC would be awarding three scholarships in their honour.

He also said he would make representation to the Ministry of Transport to have the three victims officially recognised by the nation by having them included on next year's list of awardees for national honours, a comment met with rousing applause from a packed church.

Despite the rain, hundreds of persons turned out at the service of thanksgiving for the life of Gilmore, the last to be buried of the three victims of the tragedy.
Still looking smart in his uniform, while lying in his coffin, which was finished in two tones of blue, his favourite colour, Gilmore did one final act.


He brought together people from all walks of life, from schools he attended, relatives from overseas, friends, government ministers, and well wishers.

Transport Minister Mike Henry and Shahine Robinson, member of parliament for St Ann North Eastern, were in attendance. So, too, were relatives of the other two crash victims.

Chief Education Officer Dr Grace McLean brought greetings on behalf of Education Minister Ruel Reid and pledged to "continue to offer our support".

Danshuvar's mother delivered the eulogy, describing how she hoped his passion for flying would have disappeared with the years as she dreaded the thought of him doing aviation lessons.

The passion never did. But he got to do what he really loved.

Among the touching tributes printed in the programme, Danshuvar's older sister, Abigail, wrote, in part: "One half of me just disappeared ... God, please take this pain away from me."

But the Gilmore family and, indeed, the families of the other victims would have taken great comfort from the sermon delivered by the Reverend Jonathan Hemmings, who implored the brokenhearted to wait on God.

"This experience does not represent the last time you would have heard from God, so wait on God," Hemmings told the family. "As far as this is concerned, you have not heard the last from God as it relates to Danshuvar."

Student pilots from CATC were among the pall-bearers, carrying the coffin from the church to the hearse, which took the body to its final resting place at the St Ann's Bay Cemetery.

Ramone Forbes

Hundreds turned out on Sunday for a thanksgiving service at Boundbrook Seventh-day Adventist Church in Portland for student pilot Ramone Forbes, who died at hospital following a plane crash on November 10.

Forbes, a former student at Titchfield High School, died from injuries he received in the crash that also claimed the lives of his flight instructor, 30-year-old Jonathan Worton, and another student pilot, 19-year-old Dansheer Gilmore.

Tears flowed as Forbes was fondly remembered for determination, dedication, and passion for not only becoming a pilot, but also the active role he played at Priestman's River Seventh-day Adventist Church, as a youth leader, deacon, and a Pathfinder.

"We are very proud of the strides made by our young people," Pastor Adlai Blythe said.

"Forbes was a part of the graduating class of Master Guides last June. He was a very active young man at home, his church, and across at North East Jamaica Conference (NEJC)."

Founder and chief executive officer of the Caribbean Aviation Training Centre (CATC), Captain Errol Stewart, labelled all three victims as his sons, who he claimed were destined for a bright future.

"I lost three sons, and it is not easy picking up the pieces," he said.

"However, the joy for me is that the Almighty selected three of my finest pilots. For this reason, I am happy as they went on to the Almighty airline. When he came to CATC, all I saw was a bright smile on his face. From that day on, Forbes was referred to as 'Smiley'. Let us, instead, reflect on the joy and passion that he has left behind," Stewart added.

According to Stewart, a scholarship will be launched in honour of Forbes, and a past student of Titchfield High, who shared the same pain, passion, vision and love for aviation, will be selected for the scholarship.

Ramone died just two weeks shy of his 18th birthday. He grew up in the rural district of Castle in Priestman's River, Portland. As early as three years old, he developed a love and interest in aircraft.

Forbes' aunt, Judith Miller, in delivering the eulogy, stated that he was fascinated with aircraft and testified that while in high school, he used his book covers to make toy planes.

"While enrolled at CATC, he was the youngest in his class. He enrolled at The Mico University College as a computer science student in 2016, but it was never his dream as he would always maintain that he was a pilot, not a teacher," she said.

Following the service, the procession made its way to the Commodore Cemetery where he was laid to rest.

The Health Ministry is reporting that the third victim of the Greenwich Town plane crash is alive, though critically injured.

Earlier, the police and the Fire Department had reported that the third victim was pronounced dead at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).

However, the chief medical officer Dr Winston De La Haye told The Gleaner a short while ago that the patient, a student pilot, is alive.

"He became conscious enough to give a history to doctors at KPH. He's now sedated with burns to 60 per cent of his body, bone fractures, eye trauma and obviously inhalation injuries from any fumes he is likely to have inhaled," De La Haye said.

He said the patient is expected to go to the Intensive Care Unit.

The flight instructor and another student were pronounced dead on the scene.

The aircraft burst into flames on impact and also ignited a house.

The police say the small aircraft crashed sometime after 1 o’clock this afternoon on Seaview Lane in the community.

The Transport Minister Mike Henry told a Caribbean Maritime Institute graduation ceremony that the plane had just taken off when it crashed.

He says the plane belonged to the Caribbean Aviation Training Centre.

Opposition Leader Portia Simpson Miller in whose South West St Andrew constituency the crash happened visited the scene expressing regret at the incident.

A woman claiming to be a relative of one of the victims who turned up at the scene was crying uncontrollably. 

In the meantime, the Civil Aviation Authority has launched a probe into the incident. 

Head of Communication Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, has confirmed that three persons died in a small plane crash which occurred on Thursday off Marcus Garvey Drive in the community of Greenwich Farm.

Lindsay also revealed that of the three persons killed, one was initially rescued by brave residents who pulled him from the wreckage, however, he later succumbed to injuries while receiving medical treatment.

She also noted that the fire department was still on the scene carrying out cool-down operations, after several small fires erupted in the aftermath of the early afternoon crash.

The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) and other agencies are reported to be on the scene attempting to secure the area for investigations.

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