Report on Fly Jamaica Crash Submitted; Theft by Fire Officers Described As “Reprehensible”

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Monday December 3, 2018 – A report on the Fly Jamaica crash landing at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) early last month has been presented to the Guyana Cabinet by Minister of Public Infrastructure David Patterson.

Minister of State Joseph Harmon, who made the disclosure, said Cabinet was briefed on the details of the November 9th incident.

“Cabinet noted the report and expressed the wish that those persons injured would receive a speedy recovery,” he said.

The Fly Jamaica plane, which had been heading to Toronto, Canada carrying 120 passengers and eight crew members, returned to the CJIA after experiencing technical difficulties. It overshot the runway when it returned at 2:53 a.m., resulting in injuries to 10 passengers and damage to the aircraft.

An 86-year-old Guyanese who was on the flight passed away a week later and Fly Jamaica said it was “investigating” what led to her death. The family of the elderly woman, Rookia Kalloo, told local media that she was behaving oddly in the days that followed the incident, and when she was admitted to hospital three days later, after her symptoms worsened, they were told she had suffered a head injury. She died four days later.

Meantime, with regard to the alleged theft of personal belongings from the plane by four fire officers of the Guyana Fire Service who first arrived on the scene, Minister Harmon deemed the actions as “reprehensible”.

He said they had seriously tarnished Guyana’s image.

The fire officers – Collis Williams, Aubrey Frank, Jammie Kingston and Roiden Kennedy – were charged with simple larceny and were released on GYD$100,000 (US$477) bail when they appeared in court last week. They are expected to return to court on December 12.

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