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Searchstill on for missing St Vincent pilot

Published:Tuesday | August 10, 2010 | 12:00 AM

St Vincent (CMC):

Rescue workers were yesterday continuing their search for the missing pilot of a St Vincent and the Grenadines plane that went down off the Grenadine island of Canouan late last Thursday.

Captain Suresh Lackram was the sole occupant of the aircraft that was on its way to Canouan to airlift an accident victim who has since died.

Investigators from the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority have already arrived here to probe the accident.

Last week, permanent secretary in the Ministry of National Security, Godfred Pompey, said that the investigators would seek to determine the cause of the crash and that wreckage from the plane had already "been pulled from the site".

Coast Guard Commander Brenton King told a news conference yesterday that debris had also been found 7.5 nautical miles off the island of Mustique.

He said the search was continuing for more wreckage and the missing pilot and that officials from Trinidad and Tobago were assisting in the search.

In 2006, two persons were killed when a SVG Air plane travelling from Canouan to the E.T. Joshua Airport on the mainland crashed into the sea.

SVG Air serves the islands of St Vincent, Nevis, Barbados, Martinique, St Lucia Grenada and the Grenadine islands of Bequia, Carriacou, Mustique and Union Island. It also serves Mayreau, Petit St Vincent and Palm Island.