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Messages for U.S. Citizens Domestic Blue Wing Airlines Flights
 

The Embassy of the United States in Suriname shares the following information as a public service to American Citizens living in Suriname. Please disseminate this information to all U.S. citizens in your organization or neighborhood.

The U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo has prohibited its employees from using Blue Wing Airlines for official travel on domestic flights within Suriname due to safety concerns arising from the airline's three crashes since 2008.  Most recently, on May 15, 2010, a Blue Wing flight crashed shortly after its departure from Godo Holo airstrip, killing all eight people aboard.  The cause of the accident is under investigation. All three accidents involved Antonov 28 planes.  Consequently, the Government of Suriname's Civil Aviation and Safety Authority (CASAS) has grounded all Antonov planes pending further investigation.  Blue Wing uses the Antonovs only for domestic flights.  Following up on the action taken by CASAS, the Embassy has prohibited the use of Blue Wing Airlines for official domestic travel and advised against its use for personal travel until safety issues are resolved.  Travelers should use their discretion regarding travel on Blue Wing international flights.

For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website at Travel.state.gov , where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts can be found.  Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  American citizens traveling or residing overseas are encouraged to register with the appropriate U.S. Embassy or Consulate on the State Department's travel registration website at Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

The U.S. Embassy in Paramaribo can be reached at 597-472-900; the after-hours emergency numbers are 597-0880-8302/0710-1112; the fax number is 597-425-788; and the email is caparamar@state.gov .