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ECCAA moves forward

Unread post by bimjim » Fri Feb 12, 2010

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ECCAA moves forward
Written by Reporter
Friday, 12 February 2010 03:00

Though affected by the disappearance of two of their own, the OECS Civil Aviation Authority is moving ahead with the functioning of the organisation.

Following an emergency meeting on 4 and 5 February, a decision was taken by the board of directors of the ECCAA to appoint an interim team to move the organisation forward.

As a result, the name of Donald McPhail to serve as director-general of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority has been forwarded to the heads of government and ministers of Civil Aviation in the OECS for their endorsement.

If approved, he will fill the position left vacant by Rosemond James, who to date cannot be accounted for since the devastating 7.0 Haitian earthquake of 12 January.

Both James and director of flight safety Gregory McAlpin travelled to Haiti to attend the annual meeting of the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System (CASSOS) meeting. They were staying at the Montana Hotel, which crumbled when the quake struck. To date, there has been no sighting of them.

An ECCAA team was deployed following the earthquake to search for the two men, but sadly, their mission was called off on Monday.

In a statement, Chairman of the Board of Directors Godfred Pompey said the National Office for Civil Aviation (OFNAC) in Haiti has assumed responsibility for the interest of the ECCAA since the departure of the ECCAA team, adding that, “The board of directors, management and staff are indeed saddened by the turn of events and wish to ensure the Civil Aviation community that the ECCAA will continue to provide a high standard of service.”

Asked about what was the next step for the authority as it relates to their missing colleagues, Director of Finance and Administration Craig Walter said he was not in a position to say more than what was outlined in the statement issued.

While it may be clear to everyone what the end result is, there has been no official word on whether a search and rescue operation is continuing or it is now a search and recovery process for James and McAlpin.

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