The Government of Guyana on Thursday released the findings of the investigations into the 2011 crash of Caribbean Airlines, Flight 523 at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.
The report confirmed pilot error as the cause for the accident which saw the aircraft breaking into two after slamming through the fence at the airport on arrival. No one died in the accident but a number of passengers were injured.
According to Presidential Advisor Gail Teixiera, “the cause of the accident was the aircraft touching down far beyond the touchdown zone due to the captain maintaining excess power during the flare and not using the airplane’s full deceleration capacity, resulting in the aircraft over running the pavement and fracturing the fuselage.”
A number of organisations participated in the accident’s investigation including the National Transportation and Safety Board of the United States, the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight (CASSOS), Caribbean Airlines, Trinidad and Tobago’s Civil Aviation Authority and the Boeing Aircraft Company. The investigation was headed by the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority.
Just recently, eight Guyanese passengers who were on board the ill-fated Caribbean Airlines Flight 523 that overshot the runway and crashed at the Cheddi Jagan Airport have now moved to the Guyana courts seeking compensation.
In the separate lawsuits that were filed in time for the 2nd anniversary of the July 30 accident, passengers Ernest Scott, Abdool Latif, Maylene Persaud, Chelsea Persaud, Crystal Persaud, Shanti Persaud, Rajendra Persaud and Prampatie Persaud are all seeking to be awarded damages in excess of $1 Million each “for personal injuries, loss and damage suffered by the Plaintiff arising out of the negligent operation of Caribbean Airlines Flight # BW523, an aircraft owned, leased, operated, managed, maintained and/or controlled by the Defendant, its agents and/or servants, on the 30th day of July, 2011 at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Guyana”
The passengers would also like the court to award them interest and for Caribbean Airlines to cover the cost of the litigation. All of the passengers who have made the move to the Guyana Court in this latest matter are being represented by Attorneys Sase Gunraj and Jaya Singh.
Lawsuits have also been filed against the airline in the United States.