It could be one of three AN-28 that are still in the fleet (PZ-TSA, PZ-TSN or PZ-TSV).
It is most likely TSV which has been seen very active recently.
Blue Wing has already lost two AN-28s in the past two years.
- PZ-TSO which crashed in April 2008, killing all and then
- PZ-TST which crashed on landing in the very south of the country in October 2009, all survived there.
According to reports, the captain did report bad weather conditions on take-off from a place called Godo-Olo. The crash site is very hard to reach as it is very remote and it was getting dark + weather conditions were not good.
Locals were trying to reach the site by boat but was very hard to even get there. Help has been asked from the French Government to see if they could fly in help from neighboring French Guyana.
Another flight that was bound for the capital flew over the crash site and according to a passenger "it looked so bad hat there was nothing else to be saved".
So not until Sunday morning will teams be able to fly down there do anything.
anair80 From Suriname, joined Oct 2000, 245 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4113 times:
Yes indeed, bad week for aviation!!!
It has not yet been confirmed by the aviation authorities if PZ-TSV is the actual aircraft involved.
I state this, because Blue Wing Airlines (BWA) still has the other two aircraft which appear to be grounded, one is used for parts (TSA) i think, and the other (TSN) may be in the shop for maintenance (has been for a while). So the only logical guess is the one that is active.
If it is indeed PZ-TSV, then the aircraft was acquired by BWA back in 2005.
Former Regs are: 1AJ007-10, SP-FHS, RA-28725, CCCP-28725
(Aircraft was built in 1990, This one was the last one of the five AN-28s they acquired).
aviateur From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1351 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 3199 times:
That's terrible. I see those Blue Wing planes in Georgetown quite frequently.
I once took a local Guyanese airline into the interior to see Kaieteur Falls. The forests of Guyana/Suriname are one * very * remote (and quite spectacularly beautiful) region, and it would be easy for a plane to disappear entirely without a trace.
Patrick Smith is an airline pilot, air travel columnist and author