A group of tourists may have gotten a “thrilling view” of the Kaiteur waterfalls from a small local aircraft, but the pilot who pulled off a “dare devil” stunt at the iconic waterfalls could find himself facing sanctions.
Video of the “dare devil” flight surfaced on youtube after being posted by a foreign tourist. The incident reportedly took place back in 2015. It shows the small aircraft full of passengers, flying straight towards the tumbling Kaieteur falls and the pilot lifting the aircraft just as a collision appear imminent.
Passengers could be heard screaming and the passenger who posted the video, described it as “a hair raising but wonderful flight”.
The incident was raised during a Wednesday afternoon press conference with the Director General of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority, Egbert Field.
While admitting that it was the first time he was hearing of the incident and had not seen the video, Mr. Field appeared livid at the thought of a pilot pulling off dare devil stunts with passengers on board. He said an investigation will be launched.
“That is very dangerous operations and is not the type of operation the Civil Aviation Authority will condone and you will hear the results of those investigations, when my inspectors investigate those incidents. Operations like that could kill our tourist industry.”
He added that “We do not need dare devils as pilots”, and reminded pilots that their job is to get passengers to and from their destinations safely. The Director General said pilots who want to perform such dare devil stunts should go join the US or Canadian Air Forces and be trained in flying F-16 jets and not passenger aircraft.
After he was shown the actual video, a surprised Director General said, action will have to be taken. He noted that the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority has been working to ensure safer skies and a safer aviation industry in Guyana.
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