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Jun 5, 2015

Are Belize’s Skies Still Safe?

As we reported in the wake of the accident, it is the second aircraft from Tropic’s fleet to plunge into the Caribbean Sea since December of last year.  We asked Garbutt if this poses any concerns to stakeholders in the aviation industry.  His response, it is still safer to fly than to traverse the local highways.

 

Isani Cayetano

“Looking at what has transpired, this is the second mishap, if I may, for that particular company within a six to seven month period.  Does this in any way raise any concerns for air traffic safety or for the type of aircraft or any concerns on the part of the Department of Civil Aviation?”

 

Lindsay Garbutt

Lindsay Garbutt, Director of Civil Aviation

“The department is consistently working; I mean the perfect environment is an environment in which there is no accident.  But the department has to be realistic, I mean in a country where the two local airlines are flying close to three hundred thousand operations a year and in those three hundred thousand operations you have had two accidents, none of them resulting in a fatality, yes you take it seriously but you also put it in perspective.  You know, I have been asked this question several times and to put it in context, if I were to look at the amount of accidents that happen on the Phillip Goldson Highway I probably would stop driving, if I was to take it to that length.  We think that what we have in Belize is an enviable record of safety; however, the department will work with Tropic Air and with all the shareholders to make sure that we make the environment as safe as possible.  Where we do not have the capacity we work with those people and agencies that have the capacity because it’s important that we find out what the causes are so there is no repeat of this.”

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