The Grenadian who survived the crash of a small aircraft in St. Vincent on Monday has been identified as ex-Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS) student, Marvin Fabian Teka.
Investigations carried out by THE NEW TODAY newspaper revealed that Teka is the son of Finbar Peters, a small businessman who operates a Car Parts operation known as Little Japan in an area known as Corbeau Town in Upper St. Paul’s.
The businessman confirmed to this newspaper that he was the father of the 30-year old young man and had spoken to his son early Tuesday to inquire about his situation.
He spoke of the son telling him that he was fine and in good health and had emerged from the plane crash with very light scratches.
Peters said that he was making arrangements to fly to St. Vincent late Tuesday to visit his son.
An old boy of GBSS who sat alongside Teka in Forms 3 to 5 said he knew him very well and considered him to be “a regular boy” in school but also “a loud mouth” who will give trouble from time to time.
He spoke of Teka being one of the boys who graduated from “The 2005 Class” and left the island as soon as his school days ended in order to attend Aviation School apparently in the United States.
“He (Teka) was always into driving fast vehicles at school. He is a jovial chap and I am not surprised that he moved from fast cars into flying planes”, said the ex-classmate.
According to the class mate, Teka and the others who graduated from GBSS in 2005 kept in touch electronically on an internet “Chat Room” and were making plans to hold a reunion of the “old boys” later this year.
He said that Teka informed the others that he would attend the get-together once he was told early enough about the date so he could plan a trip into Grenada.
During his frequent trips to the island, Teka was often seen at a popular garage along the Lagoon Road in St. George’s engaged in discussions with a few of the mechanics.
Former Principal of the school, Victor Ashby told THE NEW TODAY newspaper that he was “very familiar” with Teka and was not surprised that he entered the Aviation field following his school days.
Ashby said that he could remember something about Teka staying in the River Road area of St. George’s when he was studying at GBSS.
News reports out of St. Vincent indicate that Teka was the co-pilot of a Cessna C-337 Skymaster which crashed while flying to Carriacou from St. Lucia.
Teka and the pilot of the plane, St Lucian Wayne McDiarmed, reportedly suffered only soft tissue injuries when the plane crashed in Georgetown, on the windward side of St Vincent.
A man who said he saw the crash told an on-line news outlet in St. Lucia that the plane seemed to have lost power and was gliding before it clipped some trees and went down.
Security officer at the Langley Park Airstrip, Leon Yearwood said he rushed to the scene to help the crash victims, assisted by other residents.
Another man, who did not want to be named, told the online news site that by the time he arrived, one of the men was already out and people in the community came out and “did a good job in saving the (other) guy’s life”.
The Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority sent two investigators to the crash site to investigate the cause.