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The  report into the last  fatal Andros plane crash is complete, but  the findings will not  be made public just yet.

According to Air Accident Chief Investigator, Delvin Major, the delay for the report is due to the fact that all concerned family members of the crash victims were unable to be contacted. 

“We were only able to contact three of the persons by the deadline we had scheduled,  so I pushed it back and still trying hard to locate the other family members. 

“It is  out of courtesy we have to have them review it before its splashed across the headlines for them to see. So it’s already completed and just waiting,” he said.

All  persons  aboard the ill-fated six seater aircraft died shortly after take-off from the San Andros Airport on the morning of January 17th, 2018.

Five  months later there was  another such tragedy  which occurred  in Rock Sound, Eleuthera.

The victims were  three American men whose Cessna aircraft  crash landed in a bushy area.

“Just last week we came back from Florida where we did the analysis of what was recovered from the site where we laid out everything that we had and were documenting what was recovered,” Major said. 

“So once that documentation phase of the airspace and the engine is complete, the next phase is we leave on August 13th to Alabama to the factory that made the engine and we’re going to be a doing a complete engine tear down just to determine whether or not the engine may have played a role in what caused to aircraft to crash, so that’s where we are right now,” he said.

Mr. Major, said the Bahamas Civil Aviation Authority (BCAA) has some idea of what may have caused the crash, but a full analysis must first be carried out.

“We want to rule out whether the aircraft was at fault, whether it could have been the pilot or whether it could’ve been the engine.

“Based on what we’ve seen; we have an idea,  but we need to confirm our ideas by  doing an  analysis of the airframes; what was remaining and doing a full analysis of the engines. 

“So once we’ve gotten those reports,  then we’ll put those together and see what was done from the engine analysis and the airframe analysis along with what we suspect and see if we could come up with what really happened.”

Mr. Major said an investigation of this sort can take up to 10-20 years, but the BCAA aims to wrap it up in a year’s time. 

Written by Jones Bahamas

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