Director of the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Egbert Fields, has ordered an investigation into claims that a pilot attached to Air Services Limited (ASL) attempted to fly a plane to Port Kaituma, Region One with no fuel.
The Guyana Standard has been informed that the pilot was about to depart the Eugene F. Correira airport on Wednesday morning when the plane could not start. Upon checking, he reportedly discovered that the aircraft had no fuel.
A passenger, who was already buckled and waiting on the plane to depart said the pilot started shouting, “No fuel, No fuel!”
In a social media post, the traumatized passenger alleged, “Boarded ASL flight for Port Kaituma. Fastened seat belt and the captain turned the engine on and the plane refused to start. IT HAS NO FUEL.”
This morning, GCAA’s Director confirmed that a report has been made and an investigation has since been launched into the incident, which he described as “strange and rare.”
Explaining the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for aircrafts, Fields said that before pilots get to the plane, engineers are mandated to refuel and inspect the aircrafts. Further to this, he said that the pilots themselves carry out pre-flights before passengers get to the plane.
“One of the things the pilots do during their pre-flights is check the fuel. So to say the aircraft has no fuel is very strange and I would say the possibility of this happening is very rare,” Fields told this news agency.
The GCAA’s director said that there have been cases where after the plane has been refueled. He said that the pilots upon doing their pre-flights might make a request for more fuel depending on the weather conditions or other factors.
He said that there is a standard amount of fuel that is put in each plane.
In 2017, Imran Khan, a pilot attached to the ASL died after the plane he was flying between Chi-Chi and Mahdia, Region Eight crashed.
Additionally, in December 2014, an ASL Britten Norman Islander went missing over the Mahdia, Region Eight jungle with the pilot, 27-year-old Nicky Persaud, and cargo loader, 51-year-old David Bisnauth. They were never found.
In 2013, ASL pilot, Captain Feriel Ally, and nine passengers were injured when the aircraft crash near the Matthews Ridge airstrip. Two of the passengers were later compensated for injuries sustained.