Fam­ily could take ac­tion against f light school

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Damion.mitchell@glean­erjm.com

THE FAM­ILY of one of the stu­dent pi­lots who died in a Novem­ber 10 plane crash in Green­wich Town, St An­drew, is not rul­ing out le­gal ac­tion against the Caribbean Avi­a­tion Train­ing Cen­tre.

Fol­low­ing the death of two stu­dent pi­lots and an in­struc­tor two weeks ago, Trans­port Min­is­ter Mike Henry said the op­er­a­tions of the flight school could be au­dited.

But Henry said that that de­ci­sion would only be made pend­ing the out­come of a probe into the fa­tal crash now un­der way.

Dawn Singh-Gil­more, the mother of 19-year-old Dan­shu­var Gil­more, said the fam­ily was await­ing the out­come of the probe but would take all the nec­es­sary steps to en­sure that there is fair­ness and truth.

“If the re­ports come back and there are gaps, unan­swered ques­tions, grey ar­eas, I am still go­ing to have to move for­ward to make sure that jus­tice is served be­cause I am not go­ing to sit back and let them just im­pose a re­port on me and say, ‘This is what hap­pened’ be­cause we very well know that in Ja­maica, peo­ple are friends, peo­ple know peo­ple, and things peo­ple will cover up,” Singh-Gil­more said.

Since the crash, one for­mer stu­dent, on re­quest of anonymity, has de­tailed a litany of con­cerns about the op­er­a­tions of the flight school.

The stu­dent, now liv­ing over­seas, claimed that he left the in­sti­tu­tion be­cause of what he con­sid­ered a num­ber of safety is­sues be­ing ne­glected by the school’s man­age­ment.

He said that planes were not be­ing ad­e­quately ser­viced and that there were is­sues with in­sur­ance cov­er­age.

The for­mer stu­dent also said that there were other man­age­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tive is­sues at the flight school.

He claimed that there had been com­plaints about the same Cessna air­craft that crashed on Novem­ber 10.

The Gleaner/Power 106 News Cen­tre was not able to in­de­pen­dently con­firm these claims, and the school’s man­age­ment has de­clined to com­ment, re­fer­ring all ques­tions to the Ja­maica Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity.

The au­thor­ity said that it was not aware of the con­cerns and suggested that they be for­mally re­ported.

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