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Pilot, cargo loader found dead in wrecked aircraft

Deceased: Blake Slater

Canadian pilot, Blake Slater and the Guyanese Cargo Loader were Monday morning found dead among the wreckage of the single-engine aircraft that went down Saturday morning in dense jungle.

Spokesman for Trans Guyana Airways, Kit Nascimento said the pilot’s body was located. A family member of Cargo Loader Dwayne Jacobs Newton said Transport Minister, Robeson Benn informed her that he also perished.

Slater and Newton were the only persons aboard the Cessna Caravan aircraft that was on a shuttle from Olive Creek to Imbaimadai when the pilot radioed a distress signal that the plane was descending.

Discovery of Slater’s body came less than one day after an aerial search team spotted the plane at 12:34 Sunday afternoon.