Relatives of Fly Montserrat Crash Victims Still Waiting For Closure

Relatives of Fly Montserrat Crash Victims Still Waiting For Closure

Theresa Gordon

Release Date

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


It's been a year since the deadly Fly Montserrat crash and relatives of the victims say they remain in the dark about details of the official report.

"We have heard nothing from the company or anyone one else. We are still waiting to hear something so we can get final closure,"' said Carol Joseph, mother of Pilot Jason Forbes, who died in the crash.

Similar sentiments were expressed by a relative of another victim who lost her life in the accident "' Sandrama Poligadu of Guyana. Her daughter Rajama said she has heard nothing since the preliminary findings, adding that she is in the process of contacting her lawyer for advice on how to proceed.

The other victim who died in the crash was former teacher Annya Duncan of Jamaica.

Director General of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCA) Donald McPhail, yesterday, confirmed the report was complete but did not indicate the timeline in which it was submitted.

The director added he would have to contact his team before any information could be released. McPhail said this was in keeping with protocol.

Owner of Fly Montserrat Nigel Harris, when contacted said he was not in a position to discuss the matter.

Harris said he was in Las Vegas and would be available later this week.

A preliminary report, released last year on the crash indicated the fuel was contaminated with water and there was failure of the right engine.

The three deceased, along with a fourth passenger, Michael Hudson, were on board the ill-fated Britten Norman Islanders, when it crashed a year ago today.

The accident occurred shortly after takeoff at 4:16 pm at the VC Bird International Airport, then Forbes and Duncan died on the spot.

Poligadu succumbed to head injuries later the same day.

Michael Hudson, who was seated at the back of the plane survived; he had sustained a fractured right leg and minor cuts and bruises.

Article First Appeared in Antigua Observer

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