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Pilot error blamed in 2011 CAL Guyana plane crash
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Investigators have blamed pilot error for a 2011 plane crash in Guyana in which a Caribbean Airlines jet broke in half after touching down in the South American country.
A report compiled by authorities in Guyana and Trinidad and the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board found the Boeing 737-800 touched down too late at Cheddi Jagan International Airport. Guyana government spokeswoman Gail Teixeira said late Thursday that officials found the captain maintained excess power at the time and did not fully decelerate.
The plane was carrying 157 passengers and six crew members, but no one was killed as it crashed through a chain-link fence the night of July 30, 2011, and broke in half just short of a deep ravine. However, one passenger's leg was amputated and at least five other people who were injured have filed a lawsuit against Caribbean Airlines. The plane had left New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and made a stop in Trinidad before landing in Guyana.
Civil Aviation Director Zulfikar Mohamed said legislators are expected to study several recommendations that officials made about ways to improve operations and safety at the airport.
Eight of the passengers subsequently filed a lawsuit against the T&T-based carrier. The passengers, through documents filed through their attorneys, Sase Gunraj and Jaya Singh each claimed damages in excess of G$1 million for personal injuries, loss and damage suffered in the crash on July 30, 2011.
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