Mosquito plane returns

The Mosquito Research and Control Unit’s newly-repaired mosquito control airplane arrived back on the island Monday.

The unit’s new Ayres Turbo Thrush aircraft was damaged on 18 February – a few weeks after arrival in late January – and had to be shipped back to Georgia for repairs, said a GIS press release.

‘We’re glad to report our plane is back on the island safe and sound,’ said MRCU Director Dr. Bill Petrie. ‘However, it will be several weeks before we are ready to re-launch our aerial spraying programme since we must ensure the plane is ready and that all equipment and software is calibrated correctly,’ he said.

‘We expect to begin our pre-season aerial larvicide programme in time for the rainy season.’

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