Saturday 15 December, 2018

Family of man in Florida airport incident focus on providing 'support'

The family of the man accused of attempting to steal an aircraft from a Florida airport on Thursday says its current focus is on providing all the legal, mental, emotional and parental support possible.

Nishal Sankat was taken into police custody after breaching security at the Orlando-Melbourne International Airport which led to a five hour lockdown of the facility and the delay of two flights. 

He reportedly scaled over a barbed wire fence, ran onto the tarmac and made a dash for the American Airlines aircraft which was scheduled for maintenance.

The 22-year-old has been booked for a visa violation and criminal trespassing and has since been charged with a criminal attempt to steal an airplane.

Nishal is the son of Professor Clement Sankat, former Principal at the UWI St Augustine Campus and a graduate of Hillview College in Tunapuna. 

The family issued a statement late on Thursday following what it has described as a "difficult period".

The statement acknowledged that Thursday's events underscore to the family "the need to be aware of the challenges young students face, especially those living away from home and family." 

Below is the full statement: 

Professor Clement Sankat and his family appreciate the many inquiries and calls of support they have received as they go through this extremely difficult period.

At this time, they have not yet been able to speak with their son, and since they have limited information, are still trying to ascertain all the facts surrounding the incident, and his well-being. 

As expected, their focus right now is on providing all the legal, mental, emotional and parental support possible.

What has occurred acutely underscores to the family the need to be aware of the challenges young students face, especially those living away from home and family. 
 

 

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