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  • The JCAA says the decision to delegate investigative responsibility into the crash of the TBM 900 aircraft to the United States National Transport Safety Board (NTSB), was because the majority of what took place occurred in US airspace.
  • While Jamaica is fully capable of investigating the accident, it was felt that given the circumstances of the incident, the NTSB is best placed to conduct the inquiry.
  • International protocol allow for various entities to participate in investigating such incidents.

The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) says the decision to delegate investigative responsibility into the crash of the TBM 900 aircraft to the United States National Transport Safety Board (NTSB), was because the majority of what took place occurred in US airspace.

Deputy Director General of Regulatory Affairs at the JCAA, Nari Williams-Singh, said that while Jamaica is fully capable of investigating the accident, it was felt that given the circumstances of the incident, in that there was communication with US air traffic control, and the aircraft was a domestic US carrier, the NTSB is best placed to conduct the inquiry.

Speaking at a Jamaica House press briefing on Wednesday, September 17, Mr. Williams Singh, pointed out that international protocol allow for various entities to participate in investigating such incidents.

“ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) Annex 13 allows for the state where the occurrence took place to be a part of it, the state of manufacturing of the aircraft, and the state of registry – so if a state doesn’t have certain capabilities, there is this international protocol, which allows us to get assistance from other states,” he outlined.

The aircraft crashed near Portland, on Friday, September 5, with two persons on board. It had departed from Rochester, New York, heading south to Naples, Florida, and is believed to have run out of fuel some 14 miles north-east of Port Antonio, where it crashed.

Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) and United States Coast Guard terminated the search and rescue after they were unable to locate any debris from the aircraft.

Information Minister, Senator, Hon. Sandrea Falconer, explained that the JCAA, which was responsible for the investigation, decided that this responsibility should be delegated to the NTSB.

“This has been done by official correspondence and the NTSB has accepted,” she informed.

She said that the JCAA has named Senior Aviation Safety Inspector with the JCAA Captain Christopher Kirkcaldy to the investigation team.