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Henry could audit flight school after fatal plane crash

Published:Friday | November 11, 2016 | 1:54 PM

The Transport Minister Mike Henry is not ruling out an audit of the operations at the Caribbean Aviation Training Centre (CATC) which owned the aircraft that crashed in Greenwich Town yesterday killing an instructor and two student pilots.

Already, Henry has announced that an Investigator-In-Charge will be appointed to probe the accident to determine what caused it.

In an interview with our news centre this morning, Henry said he could order an audit of the aviation training centre after the initial probe is completed.


Transport Minister Mike Henry

Henry’s statement comes amid grave concerns by a former student about the operations of the CATC.

The student, now living overseas, said he left the institution because of a number of safety issues which were being neglected by the school's management.

He asked not to be named, but said planes were not being adequately serviced and that there were issues with insurance coverage.

He also said there were other management and administrative issues the flight school.

He also claimed that there had been complaints about same cessna aircraft that crashed yesterday.

The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre was not able to independently confirm these claims.

The school's management has declined to comment, referring all questions to the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA).

PHOTO: Nari Williams-Singh

Meanwhile, Director General of the JCAA, Nari Williams-Singh, says he was previously unaware of complaints about the Caribbean Aviation Training Institute.

Williams-Singh says the JCAA cannot investigate issues in the aviation industry unless formal complaints are made.


Director General of the JCAA, Nari Williams-Singh