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VOL. 86.] SAINT VINCENT, WEDNESDAY, 10 JUNE, 1953. [No. 36.
CONFERENCE ON WEST INDIAN FEDERATION.
It is hereby notified for general information that copies of the
Report by the Conference on West Indian Federation, held in
London in April, 1953, which is being published simultaneously
to-day in London and the West Indies, may be obtained at Govern-
ment Office, Kingstown, at 12 cents per copy.
10th June, 1953.
SAINT VINCENT GOVERNMENT AIR SERVICE.
During the scheduled flight from Trinidad to St. Vincent on Friday, June 5th,
Captain J. P. Kirton was unable to make his expected landfall in the Grenadines
due to a heavy haze reducing air to ground visibility to NIL. He was also unable
to make contact with the Direction Finding Beacon in Grenada, and he therefore
set course for return to Trinidad.
In order to ensure that, in the event of fuel shortage he would have as smooth
water as possible to make a forced landing he kept to the westward, and eventually
made a landfall on the Cristobal peninsula of Venezuela, which forms the western
entrance point to the Gulf of Paria.
Owing to fuel running short to the extent that he might not have been able to
reach Piarco, Captain Kirton set the aircraft down at approximately 4.30 p.m. in a
wide bay fronting the village of Macuro, which is on the southern side of the
Cristobal peninsula near its end, some 25 miles west of Trinidad.
199) SAINT VINCENT, WEDNESDAY, 10 JUNE, 1953.-(No. 36).
After some delay, fuel was obtained but it was then too late to take off for
Piarco, and the passengers were accommodated by the Judge and Doctor of the
village. The crew spent the night aboard the aircraft guarding the mail and
On Saturday morning the aircraft took off for Piarco, but as Captain Kirton
was not satisfied with the quality of the fuel supplied at Macuro he left the
pc.asengers there intending to return for them after refuelling at Piarco.
On arrival at Piarco the Civil Aviation Authorities had to carry out a thorough
exomlination of the aircraft, and this delayed its return to Macuro. Unfortunately,
ow:i-g to Coronation carnival celebrations in Trinidad it was impossible to make
r',ac'y any launch which could be sent for the passengers, and the Venezuelan
Authorities therefore took them to the port of Guira, some 25 miles west of Macuro,
a larger town, where they could be more adequately looked after.
Two of the passengers were eventually flown by Venezuelan aircraft to Piarco
and the remainder were brought to Trinidad by Police launch at daybreak on
Monday morning, June 8. However, it was necessary for the aircraft to take off
for St. Vincent on Sunday in order to be available for its regular schedule on
This schedule having been completed, the aircraft returned to Trinidad on
Tuesday in order to colect the stranded passengers but has since been detained
spending an official routine enquiry by the Civil Aviation Authorities, which, it is
hoped, will be completed on 'Thursday, June 11. 'The'passengers on board the
aircraft at the time of this incident were :-
Mrs. Lilian Talma,
Mrs. David Anderson,
Infant Elizabeth Ann Anderson,
Mrs. May Samuel,
Mrs. Leila Du Veaux,
Miss Sonja Du Veaux,
Mr. John Quashle.
The aircraft and all 'is 'lltttUnmneits 'vre 'fiuih to e in perfect order by the
Air Rcgistration Board Surveyor, and there is no cause whatsoever for questioning
Captain Kirton's decision to return to Trinidad which ensured the safety of his
passengers and of the aircraft.
It is hoped that the normal schedule will be resumed., y. te end of this week.
A. V. KING,
10th June, 1953.
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