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Tragedy Gives Birth to Robustness

Guyanese collectively held their breath as they learned of the disappearance of a Cessna Caravan in the interior of the country on Saturday. The worst fears were realized as both crew members on board the aircraft perished in the crash. What lessons are there to be learned? These will undoubtedly make aviation more robust.




Guyanese collectively held their breath as they learned of the disappearance of a Cessna Caravan in the interior of the country on Saturday. A massive aerial search ensued, a sighting of the aircraft wreckage made, then the trek by the brave young men of the army followed to rescue the crew. The worst fears were realized as both crew members on board the aircraft perished in the crash.

As the family, friends and aviation community mourn the deaths of the crew members, we can take comfort in the fact that the ill-fated flight will add to the robustness of aviation in Guyana and the rest of the world.

In his book “Antifragile”, Nassim Nicholas Taleb was quick to point out that aviation is one of the most robust industries in the world as it actually grows stronger following every tragedy.

All the lessons learned from the tragedies are incorporated into technology, regulations, procedures, training, best practices, etc.

In its relatively short history, air travel has been and continues to be the safest means of transportation. The traveling public has a lot to be thankful for and must recognize the contribution made by the collective body of aviation professionals in Guyana and around the world.

As part of its mandate, the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority will without a doubt leave no stone unturned to arrive at all the factors that contributed to the accident.

Much attention will be given to human factors as this area almost always plays a part in accidents and incidents. No suggestion is being made here that this was a factor.

As investigators get down to work, let us celebrate the lives of the two young men who are gone to soon, and pray that the lessons learned from this tragedy will save the lives of many more.




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