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Six de@d in two Cessna aircraft crashes locally within 17 months
A total of six persons have lost their lives in two crashes involving Cessna airplanes in Jamaica’s airspace over the last 17 months.
The first crash over the period took place In November 2016, when a four-seat Cessna 172 Skyhawk aircraft crashed into a house in the Greenwich Farm community in South West St Andrew.
A flight instructor Jonathan Worton, 31, of Boone Hall Road, Stony Hill, St Andrew; and flight students, 19-year-old Dansheer Gilmore and 18-year-old Ramone Forbes d!ed in that tragedy.
Aviation authorities said on November 11, 2016, the single-engine plane belonging to the Caribbean Aviation Training Centre departed the Tinson Pen Aerodrome just after 1:00 p.m.
The plane reportedly encountered difficulties soon after take-off and crashed in the nearby Greenwich Farm community.
Less than two years after that incident, local authorities have been forced to launch another probe locally, into a tragic flight on Thursday May 3 in which all three persons on board the aircraft perished.
In that case, the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) reported that a search was launched after a Cessna 206F aircraft went missing over the island with the three persons on board.
In a statement, the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) said the single-engine aircraft departed from the Sangster International Airport in St James at 4:18 p.m., destined for the Tinson Pen Aerodrome in Kingston, with an estimated arrival time of 4:58 p.m.
The JCAA said the aircraft was last seen on radar at 4:36 p.m., between Duncans and Clark’s Town in Trelawny, where search and rescue procedures were immediately initiated with the input of the respective police stations and the JDF.
However, aerial search by the JDF had to be abandoned later in the evening, due to poor weather conditions.
The JDF resumed the search operations on Friday morning, and with the help of persons on the ground, including concerned residents, the remains of the missing aircraft were subsequently located in bushes in Georgia district near Duncans in Trelawny.
The victims in that crash have been identified as Miguel Jones, 43, of Eastern Kingston, and Rojorn Campbell, who was believed to be the pilot and Carlon Snipe, whose ages and addresses were not yet released.
One of the other dece@sed was said to have also been a pilot, while the other was reported to have been a mechanic.