Two years after a Caribbean Airlines flight overshot the runway and crashed at Guyana’s Cheddi Jagan International Airport, the Government of Guyana is getting ready to release a final report on the findings of the investigations by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority.
The Minister of Transport is expected to make the findings public before the end of the week according to well placed sources. News Source understands that the final report was completed recently and handed over to the Transport Ministry.
A preliminary report on the July 30, 2011 crash was completed in 2012 by the Civil Aviation Authority and it found that pilot error was responsible for the accident. No one died in the crash but several passengers suffered injuries. One passenger had a leg amputated during surgery.
The Trinidadian Government has been paying keen attention to the investigations and the possible impact the findings could have on the airline. Caribbean Airlines is owned by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and legal sources have pointed out to News Source that the final report could aid court action by passengers.
At least three New York based passengers who were on the flight have filed action in a New York court. Over 100 of the other passengers have reportedly hired attorneys seeking various forms of compensation.
The United States National Transportation Safety Body had assisted with the initial investigations because the aircraft was manufactured in the U.S. The Agency on its website has however stated that Guyana is in charge of the full investigation. It’s role was only a support role.
The Caribbean Airlines Boeing 737 aircraft slammed through the fence at the Cheddi Jagan Airport just after it touched down in the early hours of the morning on July 30, 2011.
The aircraft came to halt just at the edge of a cliff leading onto the roadway below and broke into two. Confused passengers scampered out the aircraft under the cover of darkness as emergency crews hurried to the scene.
From all appearances, the pilot landed the aircraft beyond the touch down point and was unable to bring it to a halt before ramming through the fence of the airport.
The Trinidad and Tobago Government had offered its full support to the investigation. The flight arrived in Guyana from Trinidad and Tobago after landing there from New York for a brief stop over.