"You decide how you want to be governed"

AT his swearing in ceremony on Tuesday the new Governor of the Falkland Islands emphasised that he was here to work with, “the democratically elected representatives of the people,” and it was, “entirely proper that you decide how you wish to be governed, now and in the future.”

Mr Nigel Phillips CBE and his wife Emma arrived in the Falklands on Monday and on Tuesday attended a parade on Victory Green following the official ceremony.

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Safe Landing for FIGAS aircraft after engine failure

FOLLOWING an engine failure an Islander Aircraft was landed safely at Mount Pleasant on Monday (September 4th).

Captain Drew Robertson, who was piloting the aircraft at the time, had to carry out an emergency shut down of the port engine at 8:47am and one minute later he declared a Mayday to Mount Pleasant Air Traffic Control, and landed safely at 8:53am, Falkland Island Government Air Service (FIGAS)  Manager Morgan Goss explained to Penguin News.

With two calm passengers on board, Islander VP-FBR was enroute to Bleaker Island when the incident occurred. 

Mr Goss said: “All of our pilots undergo six monthly Operator Proficiency Checks (OPCs) which include a range of emergency situations such as a full in-flight engine shut down and manoeuvring on one engine.”

He said the engine was, “currently  being removed and will be returned to the Air Accident Investigation Branch in the UK for analysis and determination of the root causal factors.”
He emphasised: “The incident is neither related to age of the aircraft or the engine.”
One of the aircraft, VP-FBD, entered service in January 1986 but VP-FBR entered service in March 1992.

The aircraft should be back in service by the weekend said Mr Goss.
The passengers were Fox Bay Village residents Gavin and Deirdre Marsh.
Mrs Marsh told Penguin News: “There was a massive clonk noise and I said ‘what the **** was that’ and Gavin calmly said ‘the engine stopped.’”
Mr Marsh was sat by the window where he could see the propeller.

She said: “It was a bit of a scare but Drew was brilliant and had it under control straight away; he was awesome.”

In a press release earlier in the week it was noted: “FIGAS would like to publicly thank Captain Drew Robertson for handling the situation safely and professionally.”
FIGAS operates five Britten-Norman BN-2B Islanders with one dedicated to Fisheries observation. 


Fisherman survives 30 minutes overboard

A CREW MEMBER of Beauchene Fishing Company trawler Baffin Bay miraculously survived almost half an hour in cold Falklands’ seas last Friday after he was swept overboard.

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