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Greenwich Farm plane crash report to be released in June - JCAA

Published:Saturday | June 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMBrian Walker/Staff Reporter

The report on the November 2016 plane crash in Greenwich Farm, Kingston, is expected to be released by the end of June, the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) has disclosed.

Mikael Phillips, opposition spokesman on transport, lamented the delay in publicising the report during his Sectoral Presentation in Parliament on Tuesday.

"We have not yet heard anything of the report of the investigation of the accident in November of 2016, which involved two students and their instructor," Phillips said.

The JCAA informed The Gleaner on Thursday that the report was with the transport minister.

It was reported that minutes after the small aircraft left the Tinson Pen Aerodrome in Kingston, it crashed into a yard on Seaview Lane and then burst into flames. Two occupants were pronounced dead on arrival at hospital, and the third later succumbed to his injuries.

Phillips continued: "Secondly, he (the minister of transport) should advise whether the investigation on the crash in May of this year has commenced, and can he indicate a timeline on its completion and publication?"

The JCAA noted that "in the context of the complex and comprehensive nature of accident investigations ... the investigation is in its early stages, involving the gathering of data and information. [Therefore] the authority is unable to advise of an estimated timeline for completion at this time".

The Jamaica Defence Force said that the wreckage of the plane that went missing shortly after take-off from Sangster International Airport,

St James, on May 3, was found in a wooded area of Georgia, Trelawny. The two pilots and mechanic on board were found dead.

brian.walker@gleanerjm.com