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Sankat loses pilot

Published: 
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
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Nishal Sankat

Nishal Sankat will no longer be allowed to fly.

This was the price the 22-year-old student pilot paid after he agreed to a plea deal in Florida on Monday.

The son of former UWI St Augustine principal Professor Clement Sankat, lost his pilot’s licence after he entered a guilty plea to the charge of burglary to a conveyance, a third-degree felony as part of the plea deal.

Sankat, a long-time aviation enthusiast, got the license on his birthday in January.

The deal will also see him deported to Trinidad today.

Sankat, who is also a Canadian citizen, also gave up his US visa in the deal. He will not be allowed to return to the United States, as he is now a convicted felon.

The charges of trespassing and grand theft were dropped as a result of the bargain.

The Florida State Attorney General’s office issued a short statement, “The plea was part of an agreement reached after an extensive investigation by Melbourne Police, Melbourne Airport Police, Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the FBI found Sankat acted alone and was suffering from Depression and Mental Health issues when he boarded the American Airlines Jet on September 20, 2018.”

Minister of National Security Stuart Young confirmed he was contacted by US authorities on Monday about Sankat’s deportation from the United States of America. In a statement yesterday, he said, “All arms of our law enforcement that deal with returning deportees have been notified and are prepared to receive Mr Sankat, in the usual course of a returning national who has been deported.”

The Minister confirmed, “Sankat made a deal via plea bargaining with the US authorities, which included his self-agreed deportation to Trinidad and Tobago.”

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