Pi­lot in sta­ble con­di­tion af­ter FedEx plane crashes en route to St. Kitts

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

In­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der­way to de­ter­mine what caused a small FedEx plane to crash yesterday af­ter­noon on its way from Puerto Rico to St. Kitts, as author­i­ties re­port that the pi­lot is in sta­ble con­di­tion.

The Cessna Grand Car­a­van went down in wa­ters be­tween St. Kitts and the Dutch Caribbean is­land of Saba around 12:10 p.m. The pi­lot, whose name has not been dis­closed, was the only one aboard the plane.

The pi­lot had ear­lier re­ported to Air Traf­fic Con­trol at the Robert L. Brad­shaw In­ter­na­tional Air­port in St. Kitts that he was ex­pe­ri­enc­ing en­gine trou­ble.

He was at­tempt­ing an emer­gency land­ing on Saba when the plane crashed about 100 yards from the shore, in the area of the marine park known as Tent Reef.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by Saba’s Gov­ern­ment In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice (GIS), the pi­lot was res­cued and taken ashore on one of the ves­sels in the area at the time of the crash.

He was trans­ported by am­bu­lance to the A. M. Ed­wards Med­i­cal Cen­tre in Saba be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to the St. Maarten Med­i­cal Cen­tre.

“He is in sta­ble con­di­tion,” the Saba GIS said.

The state­ment also in­di­cated that at­tempts were made to sal­vage the air­craft, but it sank be­fore it could be re­cov­ered.

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