Published On: Wed, Feb 11th, 2015

Jamaica Gleaner: “Strong rumors that Derby was going to be sacked by Jamaican Aviation Authority”

DerbyKINGSTON, WILLEMSTAD - "We are being absolutely careful to present a credible report. Jamaica could lose its credibility if this is not done.” This was the assurance given to the Jamaican public by the then director general of the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) Lt Col Oscar Derby, as the public anxiously awaited a report into what caused American Airlines Flight 331 to overshoot the runway at the Norman Manley International Airport on December 22, 2009, coming to a stop in three pieces on the Palisadoes shoreline.

Derby and the JCAA had promised at the time of the accident that a final report would have been completed by March 2010. Yet, four years later, the public still has not been definitely told the reason for the accident. Derby has since resigned, and in August last year, took office as director of the Curaçao Civil Aviation Authority.”

There are strong rumors going around that Oscar Derby was on the verge of being sacked by the JCAA when suddenly he was given the office as director of the CCAA.

At the time of his appointment Oscar Derby said he would strive to reverse the FAA-degradation within approximately two years. Where do we stand today? St.Maarten was degraded to category 2 at the same time as Curaçao. In the meantime St. Maarten is well on its way to reverse the FAA-degradation, while Curaçao is not. Is Oscar Derby the right man for the job? Curaçao is in serious need of additional airlift, and Oscar Derby is, apparently, delaying the granting of the aviation company AVA Airways’ economic permit? An aviation company where he had wanted to become CEO of, but was not hired?

This is unheard of. Mr. Derby must clear the reigning suspicion by granting AVA their economic permit immediately, because there is no reason for further delay.

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