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Tropic Air plane goes down in sea with two government ministers

By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter

Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber, who is currently acting Prime Minister, and the Minister of Agriculture Godwin Hulse are reported to be in safe condition after a Tropic Air plane they were flying crashed into a vehicle at the Placencia municipal airstrip and careened into the Caribbean Sea early this morning.

A release from the government’s press office states that the incident happened around 8:45 a.m., when upon takeoff, the plane’s left landing wheel made contact with a passing vehicle that had managed to bypass one of the lowered barriers, sending the aircraft plunging into the sea right off the coast of Placencia.

Other passengers, who included tourists, reportedly escaped unhurt and were assisted out of the submerged remains by emergency management technicians, police and anglers in the area.

The driver of the vehicle was rushed to the nearest health facility for treatment.

The plane which was en route to Punta Gorda town crashed into a vehicle as it was taking off the airstrip and ended up in the sea.

Both ministers were on their way to Punta Gorda town to open feeding programs at various schools in that municipality.

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