Pilot of toppled aircraft hospitalized

The pilot of a single-engine Cessna aircraft was Wednesday hospitalized at the Bartica Hospital, suffering from a neck injury he sustained when the plane toppled while attempting to land at Kaow Island airstrip.

Demerara Waves understands that Captain Ethan Wilson’s injury is not severe and he should be discharged soon.

Only Wilson was aboard the three-seater which is owned by Air Services Limited (ASL).

The aircraft was going there to collect passengers when the incident occurred shortly before 3 PM (Guyana Time) on the airstrip in south western Guyana near Bartica.

Inspectors from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and ASL’s Chief Pilot were up to late Wednesday at the scene, inspecting the wreck as part of the probe.

Registered 8R-GTS, the aircraft is valued just under US$100,000.

Kaow Island came to prominence several years ago when the United States State Department had expressed concern that that land mass was owned by now convicted Guyanese drug lord Shaheed ‘Roger’ Khan. He is in the United States serving a jail term for narco trafficking.

Source: Demerara Waves | Written by Denis Scott Chabrol