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Family of student pilot not ruling out legal action after fatal plane crash

Published:Monday | November 28, 2016 | 11:23 PM
Fire and smoke coming from the wreckage of the plane following the crash in Greenwhich Town killing Gilmore, his friend and their flight instructor - Jermaine Barnaby photo.

The family of one of the student pilots who died in the November 10 Greenwich Town plane crash in St Andrew is not ruling out legal against the Caribbean Aviation Training Centre.

Following the death of two student pilots and an instructor two weeks ago, the Transport Minister Mike Henry said the operations of the flight school could be audited.

But he said that decision would only be made pending the outcome of the probe now underway into the fatal crash.

Dawn Singh Gilmore, the mother of 19-year-old Danshuvar Gilmore says the family is awaiting the outcome of the probe but will take all the necessary steps to ensure there is fairness and truth:

 

Dawn Singh-Gilmore, the mother of 19-year-old student pilot Danshuvar Gilmore

Gilmore is to be buried in St Ann this Saturday.

Since the crash, one former student has detailed a litany of concerns about the operations of the flight school.

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.

The former student also said there were other management and administrative issues at the flight school.

The former student claimed that there had been complaints about the same Cessna aircraft that crashed on November 10.

The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre was not able to independently confirm these claims and the school's management has declined to comment, referring all questions to the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority.

The authority says it is not aware of the concerns suggesting that they should be formally reported.