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Aircraft wreckage spotted

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015, 21:00 by GxMedia

Wreckage of the downed Cessna Caravan was spotted at approximately 12:45 PM Sunday, Transport Minister Robeson Benn said.

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority said the wreckage was sighted at 4.32km south south west of Olive Creek. Members of the GDF Special Forces were on their way to location. The minister explained that the soldiers, including a Medex, were going to crash-site offer any assistance. Authorities refused to speculate on the status of the pilot and another Trans Guyana Airways employee who were aboard the aircraft on the shuttle flight from Olive Creek to Imbaimadai.

“We have just seen wreckage. We are going to check and I am not talking about life now,” Benn told Demerara Waves Online News.

Those aboard were the pilot Blake Slater and Cargo Handler, Dwayne Newton when the plane went down about two minutes after take off Saturday morning.

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) has said that the Blake had reported the plane was going down at 14:56 GMT (10:56 Guyana Time), having left Olive Creek at 10:54 (Guyana Time).