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A recent photo which was taken of
the T&T Air Guard's 9Y-AG314 at
the T&TAG's hangar in Piarco.
The aircraft that allegedly caused damage to a
home in Chaguaramas due to alleged low flying in
the area on Thursday evening has been identified
as one of the AugustaWestland AW139s belonging
to the TT Air Guard (TTAG).
This was yesterday confirmed to the Sunday
Guardian by officials of the T&T Civil Aviation Author-
Yesterday morning (Saturday), at about 9.48 am,
a team of TTCAA officials were at the TTAG s hangar
at Piarco reviewing cockpit voice recordings onboard
the helicopter 9Y-AG314, as part of its ongoing inves-
It was reported that three homes in the area suffered
some sort of damage, including the home of Marsha
Parts of Maynard s home came crumbling down
when the helicopter hovered close to her home, ripping
off galvanised and causing six rows of clay blocks to
collapse. At surrounding homes, electric gates were
ripped off their hinges.
An official at Air Traffic Control (ATC), who wished
not to be identified, told the Sunday Guardian yesterday
that the helicopter was in the area taking aerial pho-
tographs. The source said that officials onboard the
helicopter had called into the ATC to confirm that
they were operating in the Chaguaramas area flying
at allegedly 500 feet.
Another aviation official, who also wished anonymity,
explained that the downwash created by that big a
helicopter at low level would cause extensive damage
to loose objects.
"Plus, if you are hovering you need more power,
hence the greater the downwash. An airplane has
wings that create lift so the prop wash or engine thrust
is behind the aircraft. The rotor blades create the lift
in a helicopter so the associated downwash is below
the helicopter," the aviation source said.
An official from the TTCAA told the Sunday
Guardian that once an aircraft was involved in an
incident, an investigation was launched and the TTCAA
would move to ground the aircraft so that the necessary
evidence could be extracted.
When contacted for comment yesterday, T&T
Defence Force (TTDF) Civil Military Affairs Officer,
Major Al Alexander, confirmed that officials of the
TTCAA were reviewing voice recordings.
"This is being done to determine what time they
were there and how low our aircraft was. However,
I will maintain that during that time window, we may
not have been the only aircraft in the area, so I think
that Civil Aviation is exploring all the possible aircrafts
that would have been in the area," Alexander said.
Damage to houses due to low-flying aircraft...
Air Guard chopper to blame
He, however, added that the TTAG s helicopter was
not grounded and would continue operations and
carrying out exercises as normal.
Not wanting to admit fault with respect to the
damage that occurred in the Chaguaramas area,
Alexander said that he along with engineers of the
TTDF visited Maynard and her husband.
"We have done an assessment there and we have
been given the okay by the Chief of Defence Staff to
assist where we can, based on what we finalise. We
are not admitting fault and would not wait on the
outcome to assist but there is a family in need and
we will do what we can do to assist in the meantime.
This is a family that live about a mile and a half from
the defence headquarters," Alexander said.
The T&T Air Guard's
helicopter captured in
video in the
hovering low minutes
that it caused
damages to their
Arouca police spent yesterday gathering evidence
and reviewing the statement of the 26-year-old
woman who was beaten in a bar on Thursday.
The woman, who left the police station yesterday
evening after walking in with her partner who had
kicked her and beat her with a steel weapon the
day before, is refusing to assist police further.
However, shortly after lunch yesterday, officers
had returned to the scene of the incident as they
gathered additional evidence for their case file.
Police said they would review the victim s state-
ment carefully before proceeding. The officers took
photos of Nella s Bar on the Arima Old Road, where
the man was videotaped severely beating the woman,
who is the mother of his child.
Police took statements from the couple on Friday
and continued interviews with the suspect up until
Yesterday, head of the police Victim and Support
Unit, Margaret Sampson-Browne, said her unit was
not involved in the investigation and had not reached
out to the victim.
"We have not done so yet. We are supportive.
We offer our services and we will support the inves-
tigator though the process but she---the victim---
has made no contact with us, neither have we been
able to contact her," Sampson-Browne said in a
"We are here to support her. We are proactive as
well, so we will also make attempts to see the person
but I am hearing she is saying she doesn t want
any action taken."
Sampson-Browne said whatever decision was
taken by the victim, the unit would support her
but the victim needed to speak out.
Victim in bar
to help police
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