Monday 14 October, 2019

PM: T&T Civil Aviation Authority investigating helicopter crash

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley said the recent helicopter crash which took place during a search for prison escapees is being investigated by the Civil Aviation Authority of Trinidad and Tobago.

Dr Rowley was speaking in Parliament on Friday on behalf of National Security Minister Stuart Young in response to an urgent question put forward by Opposition MP for Naparima, Rodney Charles.

The authority for investigating this accident and any similar accident involving an aircraft is the Civil Aviation Authority of Trinidad and Tobago and every member of Parliament should know that.

“To ask now as to when it would be completed is facetious because is an investigation that would be properly under law and I can give no indication as to how this should be done…the Civil Aviation Authority will not be usurped,” he said

When asked whether the National Helicopter Services Ltd and its pilot was certified to carry out a law enforcement operation of this nature, Dr Rowley refrained from answering.

“I have no such information and I will not attempt to answer it, I know what my expectations are and if the member files that question with the appropriate notice then a proper answer can be given but I will not be drawn into making a statement that I do not know the answer to,” he said.

The comments were made after a helicopter assisting in the search for eight people who escaped the Golden Grove Prison crashed in the Arouca area on Wednesday. 

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