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Non-release of SVG plane mishap reports not fault of OECS aviation agency – PM

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – Civil aviation officials here and not the sub-regional body are responsible for disseminating to the public limited information about the contents of reports on aircraft mishaps here, even as Vincentians try to find out why two planes from the same company disappeared in flight in four years.

Two SVG Air aircrafts vanished in flight between 2006 and 2010 and both incidents have been investigated fully by the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA), Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said Tuesday.

But very limited information on ECCAA’s final reports on the incidents has been given to the public, including the media.

A reporter asked Gonsalves about this during a press conference at the end of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority Meeting.

“That’s not the fault of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority,” Gonsalves said.

“They will submit the investigative reports to the national entity and to the external authorities. And it is up to the national entities to make available the contents of the reports as you go along,” he said.

“But all of these mishaps, certainly during my time, all of them, every single one of them, have been investigated by ECCAA and reports provided,” said Gonsalves, who came to office in March 2001.

Two planes missing

According to reports, on Nov. 19, 2006, air traffic controllers at the E.T. Joshua Airport logged an SVG Air aircraft as having landed although the aircraft never made it to the airport.

Nicha Branker, mother of Rasheed Ibrahim, raised the alarm after waiting fruitlessly outside the airport for her son, the sole passenger of the five-seater aircraft piloted by Dominic Gonsalves.

The men were on a routine 15-minute domestic flight from Canouan aboard the twin-engine Aero Commander 500S aircraft.

On final approach to E.T. Joshua Airport around 6:51 p.m., Dominic Gonsalves, who had been a pilot for 26 years, descended to 1,100 feet over Bequia in the Northern Grenadines and sought the control tower’s permission to land.

He gave his anticipated landing time as around 6:55 p.m.

The plane never landed and air traffic control personnel never noticed that the plane had not arrived until after 8 p.m. The search for the missing aircraft started around 9:30 p.m.

Fishermen found items from the aircraft about two-miles northwest of Bequia, which is located nine miles southeast of the E.T. Joshua Airport.

The items comprised an unused flare kit, an uninflated lifejacket, a wheel chock with the marking “SVG Air”, a seat rest and a seat.

Gonsalves promised a full and thorough investigation into the handling of the incident, including the response by tower and search and rescue.

Four years later, on Aug. 5, 2010, a chartered Cessna 402 plane belonging to SVG Air crashed on its way to the Canouan from E.T. Joshua Airport to transport a patient from Canouan to Kingstown.

The person died while awaiting the arrival of the aircraft, which, along with its pilot Rudolph Suresh Lakhram was never found.

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13 thoughts on “Non-release of SVG plane mishap reports not fault of OECS aviation agency – PM

  1. Thanks for that information. Other than the mysterious disappearance of the plane carrying beauty queen, Donna Young, I wasn’t aware that there were other instances. Does anyone know if anything at all belonging to that flight was ever found?

    Posted by Enigma | June 14, 2012, 07:31
  2. The Donna Young incident was decades ago,you don’t expect planes to disappear like that nowadays,which is what makes the disappearance of the 2 planes going to canouan so anomalous…You expect plane crashes just not so close together,the Donna Young Crash was the one in a million event at the ET Joshua Airport

    Posted by Joe | June 14, 2012, 10:06
    • For me, the mystery was the lack of any debris pertaining to the airplane, especially when it was so close to landing.

      Posted by Enigma | June 14, 2012, 13:42
  3. This is total utter nonsense. I respectfully disagree with the Prime Minister. The OECS Aviation Authority(ECCAA) is responsible for the investigation and the issuance of reports, involving any aircraft mishap of aircraft in its registry. There can be no explaining away, or excuses as to why a final report on these two incidents have not been made public.

    It is the responsiblity of the ECCAA and not the local aviation authority, as stated by the PM. If it is the local aviation authority’s responsibility as stated by the PM, then someone needs to be fired, unless there is information in the the report that is damaging to the local airline, and someone is trying to cover it up. The public needs to know and have a right to know. Any Tom, Dick or Harry any place in this world can go on the internet to the FAA’s accident report site, and get a full report on any incident that took place anywhere in the world, involving a United States registered aircraft. All one has to do is type in the “N” number of the aircraft. I am sure other aviation authorities around the world do the same.

    The travelling public and Vincentians has a right to know what caused these accidents, and make a decision based on the report, whether or not they want to continue traveling with that particular airline or company.

    These reports are long overdue. Make them publice now!

    Posted by Eric Williams | June 14, 2012, 10:28
    • QUITE soberly enlightening, ERIC. You have thrown some additional, realistic, light on the issue.

      Posted by STEVE_HUGGINS | June 15, 2012, 12:58
  4. I just don’t understand anything anymore.

    Posted by Jeannine James | June 14, 2012, 11:57
    • NOT SURPRISING, given an ultra left marxist interloper in charge.

      Surely, you are familiar with the names : E.T. Joshua and William Shakespeare ? “Oh, WHAT A TANGLED WEB WE WEAVE, WHEN FIRST WE PRACTICE TO DECEIVE.”

      Things are SO BAD, that ANY INCOMING SUCCESSOR ADMINISTRATION IN SVG might have to SET UP REHABILITATION CLINICS to assist THE VINCENTIAN POPULACE to cope with and ultimately RECOVER FROM THE MOST DELETERIOUS EFFECTS OF THE UNIVERSAL FALSE COMMUNIST PROPAGANDA AND LIES. That’s how far this political pestilence has gone.

      Such is the sad state of our LENINIST-damaged PSYCHOLOGICAL HEALTH in this now blighted nation. Blighted by the political curse, called Gonsalves.

      Posted by STEVE_HUGGINS | June 15, 2012, 12:55
  5. Thanks for that ERIC WILLIAMS, very informative, I am afraid Mr Spitefull will now recind you airport deal at Argyle.
    If you get to talk to hime ask him about this, and do you have any comment to make on this matter?

    In 2009, the IADC purchased, from its own resources, 25 pieces of heavy equipment costing EC $12 million, namely: 17 Articulated Trucks; 2 Motors Scrapers; 2 Bulldozers (1 – D8 and 1 – D9); one Caterpillar 345 Excavator; one Caterpillar 330 Excavator, with Hydraulic Hammer; one Wagon Drill; and one Kobelco Crane.

    There is something seriously wrong with this cost [EC$12million]. Its about double what it should be.

    For instance the Terex Articulated trucks are ex British Military and were sold in the UK by UK government appointed agents for 1 £35,000 buy several for £32,000 each, or buy over 10 for $28,000 each.

    A fantastic buy with only 500 to 1000 hours usage, which makes them of almost new condition.

    The trucks at the airport originated from this source, I know because I checked at the time they were purchased posing as another buyer.

    Whichever of the UK government agents you chose to buy from the prices were the same and were set prices, I enquired by three agents.

    The cost of these trucks should be less than EC$2million.

    The other seven pieces of used equipment should not of cost more than EC$5million, and that’s on the high side.

    SOME QUESTION WE WANT ANSWERED

    Did IADC buy this equipment off its own bat, if so who was responsible for arranging and orchestrating the deals?

    Did an SVG government officer and department arrange and conduct the purchase of this equipment?

    Was a Vincentian company or individual or firm involved in these transactions?

    Was any overseas Vincentian individual or company involved in these transactions?

    Was an SVG senator involved in these transactions?

    Was payment made directly to the vending owners or agents or was the purchase made through third party dealers or agents?

    I have official quotations in hand!

    Posted by Peter | June 14, 2012, 13:29
  6. WILLIAMS, “This is total utter nonsense. I respectfully disagree with the Prime Minister. The OECS Aviation Authority(ECCAA) is responsible for the investigation and the issuance of reports, involving any aircraft mishap of aircraft in its registry. There can be no explaining away, or excuses as to why a final report on these two incidents have not been made public”.

    WILLIAMS, GONSALVES never made a mistake when he made this statement, it was an outright lie, I know that and so do you, so why not say so.

    GONSALVES YOU ARE A LIAR, I HAVE ASKED WILLIAMS TO CONFIRM THAT, SO STAND BY FOR WILLIAMS DECLARATION THAT YOU HAVE TOLD MORE LIES.

    COME ON WILLIAMS, BE A MAN NOT A RED RAT.

    Posted by Peter | June 14, 2012, 13:41
  7. WILLIAMS, we are waiting.

    Posted by Peter | June 15, 2012, 14:16
  8. WILLIAMS

    Posted by Peter | June 16, 2012, 07:45
  9. WILLIAMS, we are still waiting, its your move.

    Posted by Peter | June 18, 2012, 07:38

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