On Sunday August 27th, a Cessna 206 plane owned by Air Services Limited flown by Imran Khan crashed just off Mahdia, a small community in the Potaro-Siparuni region. The plane which was shuttling between Chai-Chai and Mahdia was scheduled to land at 8:47 a.m. Monday morning however it was unsuccessful. At 9:08 a.m., an Emergency Transmitter Locator (ELT) signal was picked up which triggered a search and rescue operation.
The small Cessna aircraft was suspected of hitting a mountain in the Region Eight area before crashing through the heavy jungle. According to sources, the pilot’s body was found on the ground. It is suspected that he may have been pitched from the aircraft and died immediately based on the impact.
Khan was a pilot for over 17 years and traversed the area regularly. He has never had any other major incident and was highly regarded as a very good pilot. This latest crash, the third in less than a month, has triggered a call by government for more monitoring of the small domestic aircraft as well as better monitoring of the flying times of local pilots.
Investigations are underway into plane crash that claimed Khan’s life.