Plane crashes are not frequent occurrences in the Jewel. The latest tragic accident involved business tycoon Sir Barry Bowen and a family of four in San Pedro a year ago. This week the department, with support from COCESNA, is hosting a training course on the organization, conduct and control of a civil aviation mishap. The program seeks to encompass all the phases of accident investigation. Participating are various government departments including the regulatory arm of the Ministry of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture as well as aviation statutory boards and other industry stakeholders. Operations Officer, Nigel Carter told News Five today that the focus of the training is to provide requisite knowledge and skills for respondents and investigators of air traffic accidents.
Nigel Carter, Operations Officer, Department of Civil Aviation
“This week we’re having a basic accident investigation course that takes place here at the Coastal Zone Training Room. It’s from Monday until Friday and basically what we’re doing is we’re grabbing a large cross-section of agencies, meaning governmental agencies as well as airline operators and we’re training them on basic techniques on accident investigations. What we’re trying to do is basically provide them with information so that the process of accident investigation becomes more smooth and there are less misconceptions out there.”
“You were mentioning earlier that this particular course isn’t necessarily geared towards touching issues such as accidents in the past involving domestic airliners and private planes. Can you speak to us as to why that is not so?”
“Well basically what we’re looking at is to sensitize people on what the process is all about. We’re trying to change the culture of aviation in Belize to make it more safe than it already is. So disseminating that information and not necessarily speaking about accidents that have happened in the past we tend to want to grow aviation.”