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I-Group “Deeply Concerned” About Mayaguana Crash

Prime Minister Perry Christie said he recently received a communication from I-Group President Stephen Roy following last Thursday’s runway crash at the Mayaguana Airport.

The prime minister said in the document Mr. Roy expressed “deep concern” about the accident and added that the group will continue to do work in Mayaguana.

“We’re going to, through the minister of transport, take all of the necessary steps to ensure that the best interest of the Bahamian people, period, those who live in Mayaguana and those who don’t,” he said.

“This means that we have to address the condition of the airport, address the condition of lighting of the airport and regardless to who is at fault whether they are in breach of the agreement or not it doesn’t matter. As a country we cannot have our people subjected to a set of circumstances that could bring the kind of results we had.”

Three people – the mother, sister and brother in law of former Free National Movement (FNM) Member of Parliament Sidney Collie were killed early that morning after an airplane crashed into the truck they were in.

The truck, along with other cars was using its headlights to light the runway for the plane’s pilot -a practice that for years has been happening at Family Island airports.

“I’ve indicated to the minister of transport that she must move as quickly as she possibly can to put the airstrip in Mayaguana in the best possible shape for planes coming in and taking off,” he added.

When asked if the government would be seeking repayment for the government now taking on the onus to add lights to the Mayaguana runway, Mr. Christie said it’s a matter for discussion but not one that is of high concern right now.

The government has also announced plans to add additional lighting to the airports in Fresh Creek, Andros and Stella Maris, Long Island.

A preliminary report into that crashed has been turned over to government officials.

Written by Jones Bahamas

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