Canadian pilot in Amazon plane crash

A Canadian pilot is likely dead after a plane crash in the jungle of Guyana, and the search has...

A Canadian pilot is likely dead after a plane crash in the jungle of Guyana, and the search has been suspended. Linkedin/Blake Slater

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:40 PM ET

A Canadian pilot is likely dead after a plane crash in the jungle of Guyana, and the search has been suspended.

The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said in a press release the Trans Guyana Airways 700, Cessna Caravan on a shuttle operation between Olive Creek and Imbaimadai was seen going down by air traffic control and a search was launched.

A spokesman for Trans Guyana Aviation identified the pilot as Canadian Blake Slater, AFP reported. The passenger was Dwayne Newton of Guyana, a cargo loader.

The GCAA said the plane crashed near an area called Olive Creek, in the Marazuni area of the Amazon forest. The search was suspended at 6 p.m. local time because of poor lighting and was set to resume at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, the GCAA said.

The plane was fitted with a locator beacon, but U.S. Mission Control Centre hadn't received a signal from the downed aircraft, the GCAA said.


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