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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #510 on: January 19, 2015, 01:37:55 PM »
JFK is an airport that I avoid out of caution. On Thursday morning, I was on the runway there contemplating this very concern as flight after flight queued up for takeoff ... had to have been a queue of at least 8 in my vision, based on the traffic visible before we rounded the bend to takeoff, and those behind the aircraft I was on. Each plane barreled down the runway within minutes of each other. You could see planes landing as well. With clarity now  ... that the system could be better, my concern is reinforced.

In any event, in the present security climate it's a place I avoid. There was an El Al plane on the ground, a few yards away from an Emirates plane. Both were isolated from other aircraft, and the El Al had a police presence.

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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #511 on: January 19, 2015, 02:46:29 PM »
Not downplaying the seriousness of the incident, but how long would it have taken  the CAL aircraft to cross the runway? According to the FAA the planes never got within 2,800 ft of each other...that's about 850 metres...so the JB aircraft was even farther away initially when it sighted the CAL crossing...could CAL have made it across within that time, even if JB was going at 130 mph ?  Who doing de maths??
i ent too bright, but i drive 130 miles per hr in my car in western Texas already. I don't think a plane will take off traveling that slow.  but i ent search or nothing.

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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #512 on: January 20, 2015, 04:59:27 AM »
Apparently there was another aircraft "Redwood 56" that had just landed and given clearance to use that frequency. Maybe the CAL pilot heard that and switched and was following the wrong directions. The logs should bear that out.
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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #513 on: January 20, 2015, 10:00:34 PM »
Not downplaying the seriousness of the incident, but how long would it have taken  the CAL aircraft to cross the runway? According to the FAA the planes never got within 2,800 ft of each other...that's about 850 metres...so the JB aircraft was even farther away initially when it sighted the CAL crossing...could CAL have made it across within that time, even if JB was going at 130 mph ?  Who doing de maths??
i ent too bright, but i drive 130 miles per hr in my car in western Texas already. I don't think a plane will take off traveling that slow.  but i ent search or nothing.

The plane in question can take off from as "slow" as 132 MPH, so the comment made in one of the articles that the plane was 2-3 seconds from being at the point of no return is accurate.
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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #514 on: January 21, 2015, 05:12:16 AM »
No flying duties for 2 pilots
Probe starts into near crash of JetBlue, CAL jets

By Leah Sorias

Both pilots of the Caribbean Airlines (CAL) flight which almost collided with a JetBlue plane at John F Kennedy (JFK) International Airport in New York on Saturday night have been taken off flying duties, pending the outcome of an investigation.


This was confirmed by director of the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority (TTCAA) Ramesh Lutchmedial in a news release yesterday.


Lutchmedial did not say whether the pilots are on suspension.

He noted, though, that safety inspectors of the TTCAA are expected to meet with Federal Aviation Administration Air Traffic Control (ATC) officials at JFK Airport today to determine the facts surrounding the incident.

“Caribbean Airlines Ltd is fully co-operating with the investigators,” Lutchmedial added.

The JetBlue passenger flight 1295, which was bound for Texas, was forced to abort its take-off after BW526 shot across the runway in front its path.


Reports have stated the CAL flight BW526 (a Boeing 737) had landed on runway 22L of JFK at 10.27 p.m. following a flight from Cheddi Jagan International Airport in Guyana.


Its pilots were instructed by air traffic controllers to “hold short” or stop before the parallel runway (22R) on which JetBlue 1295 was about to gain speed for take-off.
According to a transcript of the (ATC) instructions, the CAL pilots were warned on three occasions to stop.

At 10.30 p.m., the final warning was given: “Caribbean 526, hold short...526 STOP!”

The CAL pilots never responded and as a result JetBlue1295 was immediately told to abort take-off to avoid collision.

It was able to stop 2,800 feet or just over half-mile short of BW526.
There were no injuries to passengers and both planes were not damaged.  The Jet Blue plane, an Airbus A320, returned to the gate and took off for Austin, Texas, three hours late.

ABC News reported yesterday that the CAL pilots were on the wrong frequency and never heard the tower instructions and repeated calls from the tower to stop.

The Express tried to confirm this information with CAL officials but this proved futile. All calls to the cellphone of the airline’s chairman Phillip Marshall went unanswered, while the communications department did not entertain questions.

In a news release yesterday, the airline said it was taking the alleged incident very seriously.
“We are in the process of investigating and compiling the facts surrounding this allegation in co-operation with all regulator agencies.

“In the interim, Caribbean Airlines is complying with all incident management procedures included within its Safety Management System and adjunct regulations.”


Transcript of ATC instructions




22:25


Tower: “Caribbean 526…clear to land.”


22:26


Tower: “Caribbean 526 right (via) Juliett, hold short (runway) 22R. Remain this frequency.”


BWA 526: “..to the right (Caribbean) 526.”


Tower : – gave crossing clearance for runway 22R to an Aeromexico flight taxiing ahead of the Caribbean 737 -


AMX : – readback of crossing clearance -


Tower: – gave further taxi instructions after crossing 22R to Aeromexico crew -


22:27


Tower: – take-off clearance for Emirates 206 (B777) on runway 25R -


Tower: “JetBlue 1295 caution wake turbulence, line-up and wait runway 22R.”


JBU 1295: – readback -


22:28


Tower: – gave crossing clearance of runway 22R to Virgin America flight 56 -


22:29


Tower: – gave landing clearance to a United Airlines crew for runway 22L -


Tower: …”JetBlue 1295 wind 240 at 8 runway 22R shortened cleared for take-off.”


JBU 1295: “Cleared for take-off JetBlue 1295 short.”


Tower: – gave instructions to a VFR lighttype -


22:30


Tower: Caribbean 526 hold short…526 STOP!”


Tower: JetBlue 1295 abort take-off.”


Tower: Caribbean 526 (repeat).”


- no reply from Caribbean 526 -




Source: Jet Airliner Crash Data Evaluation Centre (JACDEC), Germany


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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #515 on: January 21, 2015, 06:10:02 AM »
From the Leah Sorias article above:

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Its pilots were instructed by air traffic controllers to “hold short” or stop before the parallel runway (22R) on which JetBlue 1295 was about to gain speed for take-off.

Parallel runway?

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« Reply #516 on: January 21, 2015, 06:55:24 AM »
One would assume this is referring to the runway the Jetblue was using to takeoff. Caribbean used a runway that was parallel to that to land, and while on the taxiway to head to the terminal, would have had to cross the parallel runway.
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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #517 on: January 21, 2015, 10:33:34 AM »
From a real good source......almost as good as the horse's mouth  ;D......Air Traffic Control is where the problem originated.....

For starters there was only one ATC on duty that night.......ONE  in JFK!!!!
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« Reply #518 on: January 21, 2015, 10:54:49 AM »
From a real good source......almost as good as the horse's mouth  ;D......Air Traffic Control is where the problem originated.....

For starters there was only one ATC on duty that night.......ONE  in JFK!!!!

From the start of this event I sense that the ATC was at fault. Something was missing
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« Reply #519 on: January 21, 2015, 11:48:48 AM »
From a real good source......almost as good as the horse's mouth  ;D......Air Traffic Control is where the problem originated.....

For starters there was only one ATC on duty that night.......ONE  in JFK!!!!

I find this extremely difficult to believe... JFK is one of the busiest airports in the world.  Maybe only one was on duty in that tower, and even that I'd find hard to believe, but certainly not the only one in the entire airport.

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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #520 on: January 21, 2015, 06:38:38 PM »
From a real good source......almost as good as the horse's mouth  ;D......Air Traffic Control is where the problem originated.....

For starters there was only one ATC on duty that night.......ONE  in JFK!!!!

I find this extremely difficult to believe... JFK is one of the busiest airports in the world.  Maybe only one was on duty in that tower, and even that I'd find hard to believe, but certainly not the only one in the entire airport.

Yeah Bakes, perhaps in that tower......but still ONE??   ???  :-\  Maybe its not a regular occurrence and the other ATC's were out sick or something.....
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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #521 on: January 21, 2015, 07:59:41 PM »
If it was another airport I would entertain that......but not JFK.........

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« Reply #522 on: January 21, 2015, 11:52:39 PM »
Yeah Bakes, perhaps in that tower......but still ONE??   ???  :-\  Maybe its not a regular occurrence and the other ATC's were out sick or something.....

It possible I suppose... given the airlines involved my guess is that this was one of the "smaller," less busy runways.  I could see somebody fold up in a corner sleeping somewhere while they partner cover for them.

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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #523 on: January 29, 2015, 02:52:27 AM »
After meeting with CAL flight probers...
DPP advises: Charge Reyes
By Derek Achong (Guardian).


Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Peter Reyes is set to be charged with three criminal charges related to his alleged conduct aboard a Caribbean Airlines flight from Tobago last month.

The T&T Guardian understands that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard, SC, advised investigating police to lay the charges under the Civil Aviation Act, after a meeting with lead investigator DCP Glenn Hackett at his offices at Richmond Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday.

Hours later, Hackett reportedly met with his team of investigators from the Professional Standards Bureau to discuss how to proceed with the investigation.

A source close to the investigation said the team was considering charging Reyes via summons in lieu of issuing a traditional warrant for his arrest.

Under this process, the information related to the charges will be laid in the Arima Magistrates Court, with Reyes, who is currently on sick leave, being notified of a pre-fixed date of hearing of the case.

On that day, Reyes will have to appear in court to answer the charge and depending on his plea, will then be issued bail until a trial.

Several calls to Hackett’s cellphone yesterday went unanswered and he did not return voice messages.

The charges, which fall under Section 60 (1) of the legislation, are for threatening the safety of the aircraft and passengers on board; using abusive and insulting language towards a crew member and for intentionally interfering with  crew members in the execution of their duties. All three carry a maximum fine of $25,000 and up to a year imprisonment.

Incident on flight

According to reports, around 5 pm on December 18, Reyes, who had only just been assigned as ACP for Tobago at the time, boarded the Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) flight at the Piarco International Airport.

While the plane was taxiing on the runway, Reyes reportedly got into an argument with flight attendants over their request that he switch off his cellphone.

The pilot returned the plane to the terminal and Reyes was escorted off the plane to speak to security personnel of the Airports Authority of T&T (AATT). He was then allowed to leave and completed his journey to Tobago on a flight the following day.

After they completed their shift that night, CAL crew members reported the incident to the Piarco Police Station. The flight crew also pointed Reyes out in an identification parade earlier this month. 

In an interview which followed, Reyes claimed that he had difficulties switching off the cellphone which was issued to him by the T&T Police Service as part of his promotion.

Suspension looms​

According to an AATT report on the incident, which has been made public, Reyes reportedly told security officials at the airport that he felt the airline staff were victimising him because of his ethnicity.

AATT security officials conducted their own investigation into the incident but they determined that no charges could be brought against the senior cop.

The incident and corresponding media reports caused a massive public outcry and was condemned by the executive of the Police Social and Welfare Association and even by acting Police Commissioner Stephen Williams.

In an almost immediate response, Williams transfered Reyes from the Tobago Division to T&T Police Service (TTPS) community relations department. Once charged, Williams will have the option of suspending Reyes and deducting his pay during the period of suspension.

Williams did not answer his cellphone when contacted yesterday evening.

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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #524 on: February 02, 2015, 03:47:51 AM »
CAL director feared dead
By Nalinee Seelal (Newsday).
Monday, February 2 2015


THE JOINT team of police officers probing the disappearance of Caribbean Airlines director Azad Niamat, 69, now believe he may have been killed and his body dumped in the San Raphael area.

Police sources said yesterday because they have no proof of life and no one has demanded a ransom they have concluded Niamat may have been killed in a planned robbery.

Niamat, who was in possession of a large sum of cash, left his home at 70 Chaguanas Main Road, Chaguanas last Thursday at about 10.45 am telling relatives he was going into Port-of-Spain to purchase items for his woodwork shop.

The father of two reportedly sent a distress call to his daughter who lives in Miami prompting her to alert relatives. Officers of the Chaguanas Police Station were called in and a party of officers led by Snr Supt Johnny Abraham along with Inspector Terrence Williams, Sgt Jitindra Toolaram carried out enquiries and Niamat’s vehicle was discovered in San Raphael early Friday.

Yesterday officers of the National Operation Centre using Viper One unsuccessfully combed several areas in San Rapheal in search of Niamat.

Newsday understands Niamat’s son, a doctor who resides in England, is expected in the country today.

Niamat separated from his wife 12 years ago and resided at his mother’s home.

Police sources told Newsday relatives now remain convinced that he may have been murdered but they want closure as soon as possible.

Meanwhile the Trinidad and Tobago Airlines Pilots Association (TTALPA) has expressed concern over Niamat’s disappearance.

TTALPA’s spokesperson and industrial relations consultant, Gerard Pinard, yesterday said the association’s “entire membership is concerned over the disappearance of former pilot and current CAL director Azad Niamat.”

“(We) remain hopeful that he will be found unharmed. In the meantime, our prayers and thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time.”

Calls to the mobile phone of CAL chairman, Philip Marshall, went unanswered yesterday but Newsday was able to contact the airline’s chief executive officer, Michael DiLollo.

“At this stage, I can’t make any comments to the story. However I encourage you to stay in touch with our communications people and they will be issuing statements when it’s an appropriate time to do so,” DiLollo stated.

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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #525 on: February 02, 2015, 12:14:55 PM »
If it was another airport I would entertain that......but not JFK.........

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« Reply #526 on: February 02, 2015, 12:54:15 PM »
CAL director feared dead
By Nalinee Seelal (Newsday).
Monday, February 2 2015


THE JOINT team of police officers probing the disappearance of Caribbean Airlines director Azad Niamat, 69, now believe he may have been killed and his body dumped in the San Raphael area.

Police sources said yesterday because they have no proof of life and no one has demanded a ransom they have concluded Niamat may have been killed in a planned robbery.

Niamat, who was in possession of a large sum of cash, left his home at 70 Chaguanas Main Road, Chaguanas last Thursday at about 10.45 am telling relatives he was going into Port-of-Spain to purchase items for his woodwork shop.

The father of two reportedly sent a distress call to his daughter who lives in Miami prompting her to alert relatives. Officers of the Chaguanas Police Station were called in and a party of officers led by Snr Supt Johnny Abraham along with Inspector Terrence Williams, Sgt Jitindra Toolaram carried out enquiries and Niamat’s vehicle was discovered in San Raphael early Friday.

Yesterday officers of the National Operation Centre using Viper One unsuccessfully combed several areas in San Rapheal in search of Niamat.

Newsday understands Niamat’s son, a doctor who resides in England, is expected in the country today.

Niamat separated from his wife 12 years ago and resided at his mother’s home.

Police sources told Newsday relatives now remain convinced that he may have been murdered but they want closure as soon as possible.

Meanwhile the Trinidad and Tobago Airlines Pilots Association (TTALPA) has expressed concern over Niamat’s disappearance.

TTALPA’s spokesperson and industrial relations consultant, Gerard Pinard, yesterday said the association’s “entire membership is concerned over the disappearance of former pilot and current CAL director Azad Niamat.”

“(We) remain hopeful that he will be found unharmed. In the meantime, our prayers and thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time.”

Calls to the mobile phone of CAL chairman, Philip Marshall, went unanswered yesterday but Newsday was able to contact the airline’s chief executive officer, Michael DiLollo.

“At this stage, I can’t make any comments to the story. However I encourage you to stay in touch with our communications people and they will be issuing statements when it’s an appropriate time to do so,” DiLollo stated.



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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #527 on: February 04, 2015, 02:53:10 AM »
CAL suffers US$60m loss
By Gail Alexander (Guardian).


Caribbean Airlines’ (CAL) unaudited accounts for 2014 show a loss of US$60 million although the airline plans to achieve breakeven by 2017, Finance Minister Larry Howai said yesterday.  Replying to an Opposition question in the Senate, Howai said  CAL’s accounts for 2014 haven’t been completed. “We estimated though that the company would have lost about US$60 million in 2014. The audited accounts for 2014 are not scheduled for completion until the second half of this year.

“When the new board took office, a number of audits were outstanding. By the end of this year all audits will be up to date. The unaudited accounts for 2014 show a loss of US$60m in 2014,” he said. The minister said the figure was for the entire operation, including Jamaica. Howai said the transformation of a company like CAL will take three to four years of following a consistent company strategy to achieve identified objectives with major milestones targeted in this period.

He said: “In their first year of operation, the current board addressed a number of organisational gaps including the implementation of a new management structure, the filling of vacancies in key posts, improvements internal control systems and accounting processes and annual financial and statutory reporting. A new strategic plan was also developed which aims to achieve breakeven  by 2017.

“There’s new improved leadership and accountability and significant improvements in the business planning cycles, deployment of performance management measures and pursuit of business opportunities are also in progress. CAL is working towards continuous improvement in the shared goals of customer service and people development, competitiveness and financial sustainability and operations performance.”

A five year strategic plan has been completed and currently is being approved for implementation. It outlines the transformation of the business model through reassessment of the product—including fleet and network planning, revenue management, pricing  and customer service.

It also involves sales and distribution efficiencies, marketing and loyalty enhancements, organisational redesign and targeted partnerships, major enhancements in technology and process infrastructure to match competitive market standards of on-line customer products and services. Howai said there was no injection of over $1 billion last year. “The quality of financial data is significantly improved. By year end CAL should be completing audited accounts on a timely basis,” he said.

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« Reply #528 on: February 09, 2015, 10:15:14 PM »

Body found may be missing CAL director

http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2015-02-09/body-found-may-be-missing-cal-director

The remains of a body were found in Brazil Village on February 9, with hands tied and mouth covered with tape.

The decomposing corpse was discovered at around 10 am, about three kilometres away from the Brazil Arena Road, San Raphael, where CAL director Azad Niamat's Toyota Prado SUV had been found on January 30.

Relatives of Niamat were at the scene but could not positively identify the body because it had reached an advanced state of decomposition.

Forensic tests will determine whether the body is that of Niamat, 69, of Main Road, Chaguanas, who disappeared on January 29.

Police are on the scene, continuing their investigations into the incident.

Family shocked, relieved
However, some relatives of Azad Niamat were shocked and relieved over the discovery of the body which they believe to be his.

Niamat, a director on state-owned Caribbean Airlines (CAL), was a former pilot and prominent Chaguanas businessman.

On January 29, he left his home, close to the famous Lion House on the Chaguanas Main Road, saying he was going to a hardware to buy wood. He was never seen again.

A close relative, the only one at his home yesterday, spoke to the Guardian asking not to be identified.

She said all other relatives had gone to the house of Niamat’s ex-wife, Greer Cumberbatch’s house next door to console her.



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« Reply #529 on: February 09, 2015, 11:31:23 PM »
Friggin' ridiculous that hard-working people have to be suffering at the hands of these evil criminal sons of bitches running around TnT.

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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #530 on: February 10, 2015, 02:55:08 AM »
CAL DIRECTOR DEAD
By Nalinee Seelal (Newsday)
Tuesday, February 10 2015


A villager who went to search for yams in the fields of Brazil found instead the decomposed body of Chaguanas businessman and Caribbean Airlines director, Azad Niamat.

Shocked at the sight of the body, still fully clothed but decaying, the villager quickly made his way to San Rafael Police Station, in the neighbouring district of San Rafael, in central Trinidad, and alerted officers to his discovery.

Sixty-nine-year-old Niamat, a retired Caribbean Airlines pilot, was clad in a blue pants and blue shirt. His watch was still on his left hand, a pair of glasses was tucked inside in his pants pocket. However, his hands were bound together with tie-straps and placed in front of his body, while his face was plastered with duct tape.

There was no stench from Niamat’s body causing police officers to speculate that a chemical was poured on it to slow its decay. Niamat had been missing for 12 days and his body was discovered on Brazil Arena Road, near the location where his vehicle was found, close by Brazil High School, on January 30.

An autopsy at the Forensic Science Centre, St James today will determine how Niamat died, even though investigators believe he was murdered. His body was too decomposed for the district medical officer to make a preliminary determination about the cause of death. Crime Scene Unit officers yesterday swept the area for evidence.

Senior Superintendent Johnny Abraham, head of the Central Division, met Niamat’s family yesterday and offered them his condolences, as they in turn thanked the senior lawman for his words of comfort and for his officers’ efforts to find Niamat.

Abraham and his team kept the family informed at every stage of their search.

A preliminary positive identification was made since the clothing on the body matched what Niamat was wearing when he left his home on January 29 at 70 Chaguanas Main Road, Chaguanas.

Reports indicate Niamat left home at about 10.45 am that day, with an undisclosed sum of money, and had told relatives he was going to Port-of-Spain to purchase items for his woodworking shop.

At a later time, Niamat made a distress call to his daughter in Miami who raised an alarm with her relatives in Trinidad who then contacted the Chaguanas police.

Abraham and a team of officers, among them Sgt Jitindra Toolaram and Inspector Terrence Williams immediately began a search and had an early breakthrough when his car was found. Searches continued over that weekend with the aid of aerial surveillance from Viper One, a national security helicopter assigned to the National Operations Centre but Niamat was not found.

Police believe Niamat was lured to his death by someone he knew and had a telephone conversation with them before he left home.

Mourning his death, Caribbean Airlines chairman Philip Marshall hailed Niamat as someone who cared strongly for the airline and its employees.

“All of us at Caribbean Airlines are deeply grieved at this tragic news. As with everyone, we had prayed for the safe return of director Niamat,” Marshall said in a statement last evening.

He offered prayers and support to Niamat’s family in the days and weeks ahead.

“On behalf of the board of directors, we are still coming to terms with the tragic loss of a member of the Caribbean Airlines family, who used his experience and wise counsel to serve the airline and its people for whom he so passionately cared. This is a sad day for all of us,” Marshall said.

Richie Psych, president of the Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CCIC), also offered condolences to Niamat’s family.

“Mr Niamat has been a friend of the Chamber for many years, sharing a very close and fruitful relationship. He was a true son of the soil in central Trinidad and will be sorely missed,” Psych said. “His amiable nature and quick wit rendered him an immediate favourite amongst his peers. He was a shrewd and innovative businessman, demonstrated by the successes of his business ventures. He was a family man who also enjoyed a good time with his neighbours in the community. He will be missed.”

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Re: Caribbean Airlines Thread.
« Reply #531 on: February 10, 2015, 06:58:33 AM »
Friggin' ridiculous that hard-working people have to be suffering at the hands of these evil criminal sons of bitches running around TnT.

At a later time, Niamat made a distress call to his daughter in Miami who raised an alarm with her relatives in Trinidad who then contacted the Chaguanas police.



Imagine this man had to call his daughter in Miami to call the police Chaguanas??!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Breds, we real gone thru!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #532 on: February 10, 2015, 09:27:42 AM »
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The decomposing body of a man found yesterday morning in Brazil Village is believed to be that of missing Caribbean Airlines Ltd (CAL) director Azad Niamat.

The body, police sources said, was clad in clothing and jewelry which were similar to that known to have belonged to Niamat.

However, because of the advanced state of decomposition, the body could not be positively identified by police, relatives or friends who visited the scene.

According to police, around 10.30 a.m., a resident of the area was walking along Arena Road, Brazil Village, when he smelled something foul coming from the forest near the school.

Curious, the man trekked about 100 metres into the forest, where he came across the human remains.

The police were notified and a party of officers from the Homicide Bureau of Investigations, the San Raphael Police Station and the Central Division, including Senior Supt Johnny Abraham, Insp Terrence Williams, Sgt Jitindra Tooleram and Sgt Lawrence, among several others, visited the scene.

The area was immediately cordoned off and crime scene investigators went into the forests to record the conditions and environment in which the body was found.

Police sources said the body was bound and the victim’s hands were tied behind his back. They noted that something resembling duct tape also appeared to have been placed over the victim’s mouth.

The body, sources said, was also clad in blue pants and a blue shirt.

The victim was also said to be wearing a wristwatch.

It was also noted the body was found less than three kilometres from where Niamat’s Toyota Prado had been discovered after he was reported missing.

However, all this was simply circumstantial evidence, police explained, and they refused to identify the victim outright until an examination is performed today at the Forensic Science Centre in St James.

Niamat’s nephew, who was at the scene, told the Express yesterday the body was not positively identified as belonging to the CAL director.

A friend of the Niamat family, Imam Morland Lynch, who was at the scene, told the Express the body was clad in the same clothing Niamat was last seen in on January 29.

Lynch said: “My contact number was on flyers that were posted seeking information on him. Someone called that number this morning and said that they found his body. I came up here and the body had his same clothes. I contacted his wife and his brother. The person who informed me of the body contacted the police.”

Last week, Niamat’s family offered a reward to anyone who can bring information that can lead to him being found.

The amount of the reward was not disclosed, but the informant would be paid if the information was accurate, said a family member who did not wish to be identified.


MISSING SINCE JANUARY 29


Niamat, 69, of Main Road, Chaguanas, left home shortly before midday on January 29 and has not been seen or heard of since.

The relative said Niamat left the house in his burgundy coloured Toyota Prado, telling his nephew he was headed to Port of Spain to purchase a part for a wireless router.

“He pressed his GPS (Global Positioning System) in his van at around 12.57. It sent a message to his daughter in Florida. The van was going at 56 kilometres an hour,” the relative said.

The relative said the GPS was switched on in the vicinity of Massy Pres-T-Con Ltd, Tumpuna Road, Arima.

The next morning his vehicle was found at Arena Road in Brazil Village.

The SUV was locked and nothing was missing from it, nor did it appear to be tampered with.

It was seized by the police and taken for forensic testing.

Niamat is a father of two and a grandfather of five.

He was last seen wearing a blue short-sleeved shirt, a dark-blue long pants and brown shoes.

He is approximately 1.67 metres tall and weighs 64 kilogrammes.

He has short black hair and wore spectacles.

The family made an appeal to the public for any information, saying that Niamat suffers from medical issues relating to his thyroid and blood pressure and requires medication daily.
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« Reply #533 on: February 10, 2015, 10:30:34 AM »
So many inconsistencies, was there a stench coming from the body or not? Were his hands bound in front of his body or behind? Was a distress call made or was it the GPS? Did he go to buy lumber or did he go to get a part for a wireless router? Such basic information at odds in these two accounts.

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« Reply #534 on: February 11, 2015, 02:51:16 AM »
$150,000 debt owed to him may have cost him his life
By Susan Mohammed (Express).


KILLED FOR CAR $$

A DEBT of $150,000 owed to Caribbean Airlines Ltd (CAL) director Azad Niamat may have cost him his life.

The Express was told that on the day Niamat went missing on January 29 he went to collect money from a man who lives in East Trinidad.

The source told the Express Niamat was owed the money from the sale of two vehicles – a Mercedes Benz and a seven-seater. He sold the vehicle last March.

Niamat told someone close to him he was going to collect the money the day he vanished.

Niamat’s body was found on Monday in Brazil Village, near Arima.

The body was clad in clothing and a wristwatch which Niamat was last seen by his family wearing, and found less than three kilometres from where his Toyota Prado had been discovered the day after he was reported missing.

Due to the advanced state of decomposition of the body, the forensic procedure is that the identity still must be confirmed through deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) testing.

On Tuesday morning, Niamat’s siblings went to the Forensic Science Centre in St James to hand over samples of their DNA for the tests.

A relative of Niamat’s who requested anonymity said when he was last seen leaving his house in Chaguanas shortly before midday he was seen with a router and he told a nephew he was going to Port of Spain to have it repaired.

“We are just waiting on the results of the DNA tests before we can proceed with funeral arrangements. We haven’t heard how long the identification process will take,” the relative said.

The relative said Niamat’s wife, Greer Cumberbatch, has been distraught since he disappeared.

“She has been very, very distraught. She has not been able to catch herself since he went missing,” the relative said.

The couple would have celebrated 46 years of marriage on July 27.

Niamath was a father of two and a grandfather of five.

Cumberbatch has also said to be in constant contact with their children – their son who is a surgeon in England, and their daughter who recently migrated to Florida.

The family said Caribbean Airlines has offered to cover the expenses of their being flown to Trinidad, possibly by the end of the week.

Imam Morland Lynch, who was at the crime scene, told the Express Niamat had been his friend for some 20 years.

“He was a very loving person, a very generous man. This is a big loss to all who knew him, all in his community. He was a very respectful person. He had a big heart and a big hand,” said Lynch.

He said an example of his generosity was that Niamat had helped to build a mosque at Crown Trace, Enterprise.

Last week, Niamat’s family offered a reward to anyone who can bring information that can lead to him being found.

Chaguanas Chamber expresses condolences

The president of the Chaguanas Chamber of Industry and Commerce (CCIC) Richie Sookhai has extended deepest condolences to the family of Niamat in his passing.

He said: “Mr Niamat has been a friend of the Chamber for many years, sharing a very close and fruitful relationship. He was a true son of the soil in Central Trinidad and will be sorely missed.

“His amiable nature and quick wit rendered him an immediate favourite amongst his peers. He was a shrewd and innovative business, demonstrated by the successes of his business ventures.

He was a family man who also enjoyed a good time with his neighbours in the community. He will be missed.

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« Reply #535 on: February 11, 2015, 04:33:39 AM »
Condolences to Mr. Niamat's family. Yet another prominent reminder of the urgent need to recapture public safety. RIP.

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« Reply #536 on: February 20, 2015, 11:12:41 AM »

Body identified as CAL Director Azad Niamat

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By Susan Mohammed Multimedia Desk

THE decomposing body of a man found on February 9 in Brazil Village has been confirmed as missing Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL) director Azad Niamat.

The remains were identified through forensic examination of dental records at the Forensic Sciences Centre, Federation Park.
An autopsy on Niamat found that he died of blunt cerebral trauma, pathologist Dr Eslyn McDonald-Burris found.

The body was discovered at around 10 a.m. in Arena Road some three kilometres away where Niamat’s vehicle was found abandoned the week before.

Niamat, 69, of Main Road, Chaguanas, left home shortly before midday on January 29 and vanished.

He left the house in his burgundy coloured Toyota Prado, telling his nephew that he was headed to Port of Spain to purchase a part for a wireless router.

However, the Express was told by a relative he intended to collect a debt of $150,000 owed to him after the sale of two vehicles last year.
Niamat was owed the money from the sale of two vehicles – a Mercedes Benz and a seven-seater which he sold in March.
The body was found with the hands bounds and mouth taped in a patch of bushes, with clothing and a wristwatch which Niamat was last seen by his family wearing.

It was less than three kilometres from where his Toyota Prado had been discovered the day after he was reported missing.
Niamat’s siblings had submitted tissue samples for DNA testing in the identification process but the identification process would have taken weeks to complete.

The family was able to retrieve dental records, which were handed over to the police in the investigations.

The CAL director was a father of two and a grandfather of five.
Niamat was expected to be buried Friday in the Chaguanas Public Cemetery according to Muslim rites.

A senior homicide investigator told the Express on Friday that police are confident in the leads in the case.

Cpl Samuel of the Arouca Homicide Division is continuing investigations.

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« Reply #537 on: February 25, 2015, 06:03:38 AM »
$315M CAL debt to be paid
ANDRE BAGOO (NEWSDAY).


IT WAS a case of “from Venezuela with love”, as that country’s President Nicolas Maduro yesterday called on citizens of both nations to fall in love and migrate as a means of fostering international cooperation, as he also pledged Venezuela will repay a massive $315 million debt owed to Caribbean Airlines Limited (CAL); cooperate in the fight against the drug and human trafficking trades; and deepen ties in the energy sector.

The love was all the more generous given Venezuela’s well-documented economic woes.

Maduro, accompanied by his wife Cilia Flores, brushed cheeks with Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar as he arrived at the Diplomatic Centre, St Ann’s at about 1.30 pm, to the sounds of the steelpan. Bi-lateral talks opened followed by formal talks surrounding the signing of new energy agreements which were concluded by 3.30 pm.

Maduro broke the air of formality when, at a media briefing held at the end of the proceedings, he called for a new method of deepening ties between nations. He noted many Venezuelans come to Trinidad and Tobago to learn English. But they get more than they bargain for.

“Many come here to study English but others come here and fall in love and they stay here,” the Venezuelan President said. “And that is a way to increase international cooperations.”

On live television, Maduro — who has been criticised for his harsh approach to civil liberties in Venezuela — greeted the people of this nation, blowing kisses.

“To the people of Trinidad and Tobago who have welcomed us with so much affection we would like to take this opportunity to convey our love, our affection and our solidarity,” the Venezuelan President said through an interpreter. “We need to go from the bonds of good neighbours to the bonds of sisters and brothers.”

The Venezuelan President announced a consolidative commission to foster cooperation between both countries and said a meeting of regional governors in Venezuelan districts would be convened. He called for new ways to conduct trade, greater air-transport frequency and more sea links. He said Venezuela would settle its debt to CAL, estimated by Government officials to be US$50 million (TT$315 million). Maduro said both nations are victims of the illicit narcotic trade and will cooperate in intelligence and security matters.

“Our countries have to wage a very serious and expensive fight against drug trafficking even though we are not producers of these products,” the Venezuelan President said. He said there was need for coordination in this regard.

“There is a world that can be built between our two countries,” Maduro said. “Together we are much more and we can do much more and better. We are ready to move forward and continue building prosperity between our two countries.” Without naming specific states, he said the approach between both nations contrasted with the conflicts enveloping areas of the world where development has pitted nations against each other.

At the same briefing, Persad-Bissessar noted two energy agreements were signed and several areas were the focus of talks. She said one such area involved air services and tourism and reported that Maduro was firm on the settlement of the debt owed to CAL. She also said in the area of security, there will be cooperation in the area of intelligence gathering, particularly as it relates to fighting the illegal narcotic and human trafficking trades. The Prime Minister also outlined preliminary talks on a novel form of trade which could take place with Venezuela, involving products from this country being bartered.

“Trinidad and Tobago exports a number of goods to Venezuela, including gasoline, machine parts, air-conditioners, parts for refrigerators, toilet/facial tissue, and cement,” Persad-Bissessar said. “Our main imports include crude petroleum, gas oil, jet fuel, electric conductors, iron ore and bars and rods from Venezuela. Following our discussions today, we are of the view that a mechanism for commodity sharing holds significant promise for both our countries.” The Prime Minister continued, “The concept of commodity sharing is simple — the Government of Trinidad and Tobago will purchase goods identified by the Government of Venezuela from TT’s manufacturers, such as tissue paper, gasoline, and parts for machinery, which are needed there. These would then be traded for commodities that are needed for our industries — in particular bitumen and crude oil — which can be supplied by Venezuela.” The Prime Minister said a special committee would be set up to implement this idea.

“This proposal is at planning stages, and we recognise that a monitoring mechanism would be key to its success,” she said. “In this regard a joint inter-ministerial committee will be set up to ensure proper accountability and to monitor and evaluate this proposed system.” She said the measures have the potential to significantly benefit both nations.

“For Trinidad and Tobago, this initiative will see the Government investing in the country’s local manufacturing sector, thereby further stimulating the industry,” Persad-Bissessar said. “With the expected increase in production, it is envisaged that manufacturers in turn will look to expand their businesses, creating much needed jobs for our young people, and stimulating economic growth. It is expected that Venezuela’s economy will also be boosted as a result of this proposed initiative, through the trade of their commodities in exchange for finished products that the people of Venezuela need.”

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« Reply #538 on: April 02, 2015, 12:59:25 PM »
Fears of sickout after CAL talks collapse
By Anna Ramdass (Express).


Talks between Caribbean Airlines (CAL) and the Trinidad and Tobago Airline Pilots Association (TTALPA) have broken down and it’s pos­sible there may be sick-out action by pilots over the long Eas­ter weekend.

TTALPA industrial relations consultant Gerard Pinard told the Express in a telephone interview that pilots are considered essential and are precluded from taking any industrial action.

“There certainly would not be any TTALPA-sanctioned action, but that does not mean that indi­vidual pilots are not getting irri­ta­ted and aggravated with this situ­ation with CAL,” said Pinard.

Sources told the Express some pilots were totally fed up with the situation and calling in sick may not be ruled out.

There was a meeting between TTALPA and CAL on Tuesday which was disastrous as there was no outcome reached and TTALPA issued a statement to its members, informing them the talks have broken down.

In the memo, dated March 31, 2015, TTALPA noted the breakdown of negotiations between CAL and TTALPA, for the period 2010 to 2013, has been referred to the Industrial Court by the Ministry of Labour as an unresolved trade dispute.

It explained in an effort to reduce the areas of disagreement between CAL and TTALPA, both parties agreed to informal conciliation proceedings under the auspices of the Labour Ministry.

“Our efforts at negotiating our collective agreement during these infor­mal conciliation meetings at the Ministry of Labour have regrettably broken down,” stated TTALPA.

It informed it requested that CAL provide clarification on information a foreign-contracted B737 aircraft,
and crew, with a work permit issued on March 6, was allowed to fly on a CAL route on February 22, in possible contravention of local laws.

TTALPA also requested the names and copies of the contracts of new hires on the ATR fleet, which services the airbridge between Trinidad and Tobago.

“We also made it clear to CAL that it was wholly unacceptable for the company to be engaging pilots on terms and conditions that were not negotiated on their behalf by TTALPA, as the recognised majority union for pilots,” stated the association.

“By going behind our backs and employing ‘scab labour’, we submitted that they were engaging
in ‘union-busting’ tactics,” it added.

Pinard confirmed the contents of the memo and said CAL’s position at the meeting was not serious and certainly not in good faith.

He said the matter is before the Industrial Court and parties have a deadline of April 17 by which to make any submissions.

He said CAL has been enga­ging contract pilots and first officers, in an attempt to deal with heavy flight schedules.

Pinard said TTALPA strongly objects to this as CAL is not supposed to be going out there and independently negotiating with pilots.

He said TTALPA is negotiating for the period 2010 to 2013, and some 163 CAL pilots have been operating on 2010 fixed salaries.

He said last week, there was a meeting with Minister of Trade Vasant Bharath, who was manda­ted by the Prime Minister to deal specifically with outstanding variable incentive pay (VIP), which amounts to some $35 million and remains outstanding and unpaid to the pilots over the past few years.

The minister, he said, requested a few days, after which he will get back to them. Pinard said Bharath also indica­ted he cannot get involved in their salary issues.

Efforts to contact CAL chairman Philip Marshall yesterday proved futile.

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« Reply #539 on: July 31, 2015, 02:05:35 AM »
CAL,Emirates sign key deal
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STATE-owned Caribbean Airlines announced that it has signed a key new interline deal with United Arab Emirates-based airline, Emirates. According to a statement issued by CAL, the arrangement gives customers a greater choice of destinations; easy transfers in key airports such as London’s Gatwick and New York’s JFK International Airports and an opportunity to take advantage of through fares from the extensive Emirates network via London and New York to Port-of-Spain, Georgetown, Kingston and Montego Bay.

CAL said, the benefits to consumers will be tangible. These benefits include a hassle free journey with a single ticket and the lowest available fares in both economy and business class. Under this arrangement, a passenger travelling from Mumbai, India, can fly on one of Emirates six daily non-stop flights to their hub in Dubai, then connect to one of their three daily non-stop services to London Gatwick (including the 380’s) and then connect to one of CAL’s four weekly non-stop flights to Port-of-Spain.

“Caribbean Airlines is thrilled to expand our relationship with Emirates: which is a significant powerhouse in the airline industry. Emirates is well respected globally with an outstanding reputation” stated CAL vice-president (Commercial and Customer Service) George Reeleder.

He added, “Many people are unaware that Emirates carries more passengers to and from the Indian sub-continent than any other airline in the world, or that they fly to 19 cities on the African content – all key markets for the Caribbean.” Reeleder also said, “ Simpler transits and connections with more destination options will make it easier for our customers to travel the world.”

As the co-operative agreement unfolds, CAL said it is looking forward to the opportunities that will become available through Emirates’ extensive network beyond Dubai to over 142 cities globally.

CAL also envisaged that other markets will open up allowing passengers seamless transitions through some of the world’s major cities. The complete co-cooperative agreement is expected to be fully rolled out in the coming weeks.

A subsidiary of The Emirates Group, which is wholly owned by the government of Dubai's Investment Corporation of Dubai, Emirates is the largest airline in the Middle East, operating over 3,300 flights per week from its hub at Dubai International Airport, to more than 144 cities in 78 countries across six continents.

Emirates is the world’s biggest international carrier, the seventh largest airline in the world in terms of revenue, and the largest airline in the Middle East in terms of revenue, fleet size, and passengers carried. The airline is also the fourth-largest airline in the world in terms of international passengers carried and the third largest in terms of scheduled passenger-kilometres flown.

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