Pilots fined as probe into LIAT continues

Antigua Observer:-The Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) has fined two senior Liat pilots who flew an aircraft in contravention of aviation regulations in September.

Chief Training Captain Christopher Cameron was fined EC$5000, while his co-accused, Chief Pilot Wayne Austin McDonald was fined EC$3000, a source with knowledge of the probe confirmed.

The Leeward Islands Airline Pilots’ Association (LIALPA) did not comment on the development, but our source confirmed that the men paid the fines since mid-November.

They were being investigated by ECCAA for breaches to their license agreement, which places a barrier on the age of a pilot and a co-pilot in a single cockpit.

The two pilots, both over the age of 60, were allegedly scheduled to fly the same plane. According to our source, Liat is also being investigated for its role in this saga and is “likely” to be fined.

The two senior pilots could not be reached for comment. ECCAA said it could not give any information about the case and Liat did not provide a comment yesterday.