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Engine failure caused crash


Engine failure caused crash

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GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) – Civil aviation authorities in Guyana say engine failure caused a small plane crash that killed a Canadian pilot and another man over a remote area of rainforest last year.

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority said investigators concluded that the Cessna Caravan experienced critical engine failure while ferrying fuel and other supplies for gold mining operations in the area near the border with Venezuela.

Pilot Blake Slater and cargo handler Dwayne Jacobs of Guyana were killed in the January 2014 crash.

Canadian aviation authorities, the United States National Transportation Safety Board and engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney participated in the investigation.

Transportation Secretary Robeson Benn has called for increased oversight of small aircraft operating in the gold mining regions because of safety concerns.