Bahamas installing emergency lights after three killed when plane hit car

NASSAU, Bahamas, Monday April 8, 2013 – The Bahamas government is moving to install emergency lights at the Mayaguana airport after an aircraft crashed into a vehicle killing three people on Thursday.

“As a result of this terrible turn of events, the Ministry of Transport is now intervening to procure the immediate installation of emergency lights in Mayaguana and will thereafter install lights in Fresh Creek Andros and Stella Maris, Long Island,” Transport and Aviation Minister Glenys Hanna-Martin said in a statement.

She said a preliminary report from the Department of Civil Aviation indicated that the Cessna C402 aircraft owned by Leair Charter Service Limited with a crew of two on board was making a “landing at night for an emergency evacuation flight with two vehicles strategically placed to outline the useable portion of the runway”.

“It is reported that the aircraft made contact with one of the vehicles resulting in the deaths of the three passengers in that vehicle,” she added.

She said that an investigative team comprising the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Air Accident Investigation and Prevention Unit of the Department of Civil Aviation had already started its work.

“I wish to assure that a full investigation will be carried out by the Department of Civil Aviation into the causes and circumstances surrounding this terrible event,” she assured.

Hanna-Martin, who flew into Mayaguana with the Member of Parliament for MICAL, V Alfred Gray, said that the Perry Christie government “is committed to ensuring that emergency capacity is installed in all airports nationwide”.

She said the Mayaguana Airport is the subject of a Heads of Agreement with a foreign development group “which under that agreement were obliged to rehabilitate the airport inclusive of lights and runway resurfacing”.

But she said the agreement was reviewed by the previous administration for several years and it was only until February 2012 that a revised agreement was finalized between the former government and the foreign group.(CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)