Plane crash probe gets UK’s help

A team of investigators, which includes two members of the United Kingdom’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch are assisting the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation (ECCA) with its probe into the fatal plane crash in Antigua, which claimed the lives of the pilot and two other passengers recently.

The tragedy claimed the lives of Captain Jason Forbes of Antigua and Annya Duncan, 29, of Jamaica, on impact. The other passenger, 57-year-old Sandrama Poligadu of Guyana also died shortly after at hospital.

The sole survivor, 23-year-old British citizen Michael Hudson is recovering at the St. Johan Medical Hospital following surgery. He was visiting Antigua en route to Montserrat for a business trip, regarding a poultry project.

The ill-fated Britten Normal Islander, Fly Montserrat, a nine-seater aircraft plunged to the ground shortly after takeoff on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

Duncan, a teacher in Montserrat had gone to Antigua for a dental appointment and was returning to the island when she met her death.

Investigators are listening to the audio recording of the conversation between the pilot and control tower operators prior to the crash.

Aviation officials say that a thunderstorm and lighting on the day may have been an aggravating factor.