The remains of the late veteran pilot, Captain Alvin Winston Clarke, arrived in Guyana at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on Friday afternoon to a hero’s welcome.
Following the arrival of the body from Canada on a Fly Jamaica flight, scores of colleagues, family members and friends formed a passage of honour as the body was off-loaded and transferred onto another waiting aircraft.
Surrounding the Jags Aviation’s SkyTruck which transported the body, was a fleet of Ogle based aircraft including Roraima Airways’ new Trilander which bears the name of their fallen Chief Pilot.
After takeoff from CJIA, the fleet of planes flew an “arrow” formation as they headed for Ogle, where upon arrival, another honour passage was formed and a moment of silence observed, before handing possession of the body to family members.
No date has been set for the funeral, but Roraima Airways announced their plan for a final tribute by conducting a formation flight moments before his burial.
Clarke who logged more than 13,000 flight hours during his career, was an officer and pilot in the Guyana Defence Force and Roraima Airway’s Chief Pilot from April 1, 2005 up to the time of his death. He lost his battle with cancer on November 21, while undergoing medical evaluation in Canada.