[‘Raj’ Persaud] Guyanese pilot dies in crash off US coast

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[‘Raj’ Persaud] Guyanese pilot dies in crash off US coast

Unread post by bimjim » Sun Oct 14, 2018

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[‘Raj’ Persaud] Guyanese pilot, implicated in unauthorised removal of planes from Ogle Airport, dies in crash off United States coast
Denis Chabrol
October 14, 2018

A Guyanese pilot, who was responsible for flying out two small planes from the Eugene F. Correia ‘Ogle’ International Airport two years ago without approval, died in a plane crash off the Long Island, New York coast on Saturday, well-placed sources confirmed.

Dead is Munidat ‘Raj’ Persaud. United States (US) authorities have not yet identified the body, but his wife, Trisha La Rose Persaud, in a picture with her husband, said on Facebook that “I’ll forever love you my husband Raj Persaud. Gone too soon my love. Until we meet again. RIP.”

Guyanese aviation sources have also confirmed the death of Persaud.

Persaud and unnamed pilot had in June 2016 flown out two Cessna 206 aircraft, which are the subject of High Court litigation in Guyana, from the Ogle Airport without authorization. The aircraft were the subject of a court injunction by Domestic Airways that had barred their removal from Guyana.

The US Navy Times reported that a small private plane carrying three people crashed into the ocean off the coast of Long Island on Saturday.

One body was recovered following the 11 a.m. crash of a twin-engine Piper PA-34 about a mile off of Quogue, in the Hamptons.

Agencies including the U.S. Coast Guard, the New York Air National Guard and the Suffolk County sheriff’s office responded to the crash. “It’s still a search and recovery at this point,” Quogue Village Police Chief Christopher Isola said at a news conference late Saturday afternoon, according to Newsday. “The Coast Guard along with other marine assets will continue in that effort.”

The cause of the crash was not known, Isola said. The identity of the victim who was found was not immediately determined.

Officials said people on the beach reported the plane sputtering before it crashed.

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Unread post by bimjim » Wed Oct 17, 2018

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Crashed Plane With Guyanese Instructor Was Heading To South Carolina
Tues. Oct. 16, 2018

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY

A plane that crashed in the Hamptons over the weekend killing three, including the Guyana-born flight instructor, was actually heading to South Carolina.

The twin-engine plane was bound for Charleston, South Carolina when it broke apart and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island in New York late Saturday morning, according to Newsday.

Among the victims was 41-year-old Munidat “Raj” Persaud, a Guyanese immigrant who lived in Waterbury, Connecticut and ran a flight school.

Family members told Channel 3 that Persaud ran the Oxford Flight Training school and frequently flew out of Waterbury-Oxford Airport in Oxford and Danbury Airport.

His body was recovered along with two others off the coast of New York.

Persaud’s family said he’s left behind two daughters.

Persaud had more than 20 years of experience as a pilot and had been running the school for the last 14 years. In August 2004, Persaud, started teaching others how to fly. On the company’s website, it says Persaud was a former airline flight engineer who worked for several airlines, including Pan American World Airways, as a technical representative and avionics tech.

He was also a commercial pilot and FAA certified maintenance inspector and technician with a Bachelor of Technology Degree in Aeronautical Engineering Technology from the college of Aeronautics.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it is still looking for the exact cause of the crash.

Persaud owned a dozen other planes, the New York Times reported, citing the Federal Aviation Authority. Two of his other planes, the Times noted, have been involved in crashes in recent years. Earlier this year a similar plane owned by Persaud crashed into a mountain in Vermont. The newspaper said a preliminary accident report did not find any mechanical issues with the plane, but there was bad weather at the time. One person died in the crash.

In 2016, a student pilot flying one of Persaud’s planes missed a runway and crashed, the Times reported. In that case, the student pilot was injured, the newspaper said.

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