PM seeks to name plane after Grenadian Olympian

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Posted: Aug 10, 2012 10:54 PM
PM seeks to name plane after Grenadian Olympian

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts (AP) — It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...Kirani James?

The prime minister of Antigua says he wants Caribbean airline LIAT to name one of its planes after an Olympic runner who gave the island of Grenada its first gold medal.

Baldwin Spencer says naming an aircraft after James would be a fitting tribute. The 19-year-old won the 400 meters final Monday in London. James also was applauded for his sportsmanship after he traded name tags with South Africa's Oscar Pistorius, a double amputee.

Spencer made the suggestion while speaking Friday at an assembly of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States.

Antigua is a major shareholder of LIAT along with other Caribbean islands.

LIAT released a statement earlier Friday saying it plans to honor James but did not provide details.