JCAA yet to respond to findings of probe into Greenwich Town plane crash

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JCAA yet to respond to findings of probe into Greenwich Town plane crash

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JCAA yet to respond to findings of probe into Greenwich Town plane crash
Fri March 29, 2019

There has been no response from the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) to the findings of its probe into the fatal crash in Greenwich Town, St. Andrew on November 10, 2016.

Investigators from the US based National Transportation Safety Board also participated in the probe.

Repeated calls to the cellular phone of JCAA Director General Nari Williams Singh have gone unanswered.

It is understood that Minister of Transport Robert Montague is off the island.

The probe uncovered several major safety breaches concerning the ill-fated aircraft and by its operator, the Caribbean Aviation Training Center.

Professor Noel Brown, Vice-President for Technology and Innovation at the Caribbean Maritime University, has said the issue of possible criminal sanctions has arisen.

Eighteen recommendations relating to improving the flight safety division, air navigation services, aircraft accident investigation and regulations governing Jamaica's aviation industry have been published by the team which conducted the investigation into the November 2016 crash.

The team said these are immediate safety actions which are required by the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority.

The recommendations for improvements to the Flight Safety Division include: the JCAA developing procedures on the certification of Approved Training Organizations for use by its Inspectors; recertifying the Caribbean Aviation Training Center as an Approved Training Organization; and having its Audit Procedures Manual amended to conform to the Civil Aviation Regulations.

The investigation team is also suggesting that a voice recording system be installed and commissioned at the Tinson Pen Tower, as well as an an audible alarm to alert emergency services.

On the matter of better management of accident investigations, it has been recommended that the JCAA put in place an agreement with a company for the security of aircraft accident sites; arrange with a logistic company for the movement of aircraft wreckage from an accident site to a secure location and arrange with a facility for the safe; and secure storage of aircraft wreckage while it conducts its investigations.

It has also been recommended that the Civil Aviation Regulations be amended to include monitoring of foreign registered aircraft operating in Jamaica and include provisions for the registration, certification, operation and maintenance of unmanned aerial vehicles also known as drones.

During the investigation, it was noted that prior to the ill-fated aircraft taking off, a drone was observed to be operating in the vicinity of the hangar used by the Caribbean Aviation Training Center at the Tinson Pen Aerodrome.

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