Bodies of Former ECCAA Officials to be Flown Home

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Bodies of Former ECCAA Officials to be Flown Home

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Bodies of Former ECCAA Officials to be Flown Home
Monday, 08 March 2010

Bodies of Former ECCAA Officials to be Flown Home

The bodies of two senior officials of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) killed during the powerful earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12 are to be flown home this week.

An official who spoke with the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) on condition of anonymity said that the regional airline, LIAT, has agreed to transport the bodies of Rosemond James, the former ECCAA director general and that of the director of flight safety, Gregory McAlpin, to Antigua from the Dominican Republic.

The official said LIAT has agreed to absorb the cost of transporting the bodies to Antigua while the Trinidad-based Caribbean Airline has agreed to take the body of McAlpin, a Trinidadian national, from Antigua to Port-of-Spain.

Earlier this week, Trinidad and Tobago’s Foreign Minister Paula Gopee Scoon said that Cabinet had agreed to assist in bringing McAlpin’s body back to Trinidad and Tobago.

“We don’t have all the details of the expenses yet. LIAT and Caribbean Airlines have agreed to do their legs gratis. I believe there will be a cost of taking the body from Haiti to the Dominican Republic, from where it will be taken commercially into Trinidad and Tobago,” she said.

The two officials had travelled to Haiti to attend a meeting of the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System (CASSOS), when the earthquake struck killing more than 300,000 people.

Their hotel was among the many buildings destroyed by the earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 that also left more than one million homeless.

The bodies of the two men were found more than a month after the earthquake.

The ECCAA in a brief statement on Friday said that the funeral service for James, a St. Lucian, will be held in Antigua on March 23 while that of McAlpin will take place in Trinidad on March 12.

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