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Tropic Air questions circumstances that led to plane crash

By Michelle Sutherland, Staff Reporter

Following a forced crash landing in the Caribbean Sea this morning with seven passengers on board, including two government ministers, Tropic Air Belize is questioning the circumstances that led to the incident.

In a press release today, Tropic Air says that aviation personnel are conducting a joint investigation to determine how the vehicle, which was involved in the collision with the aircraft, got past the barrier which was put in place to prevent such an occurrence.

The release states that the aircraft clipped the vehicle, which had crossed at the end of the runway as the plane was taking off from the Placencia airstrip this morning.

The impact of the collision caused a subsequent loss of airspeed and altitude, forcing the pilot to crash land in the shoals beyond the end of the runway.

The aircraft company says that the Belize Airport Authority (BAA) had placed barriers and signage in place at the airstrip to prevent vehicles from driving in front of departing aircrafts.

In the wake of the frightening ordeal, Tropic Air, the BAA, and the Belize Department of Civil Aviation are planning to immediately implement measures to prevent another incident of this nature.

Tropic Air says that as a responsible stakeholder in the aviation industry, its primary focus is the safe transportation of its customers.

The release ends by assuring that the incident was in no way a reflection of the company’s operational, maintenance or business practice.

As we previously reported, Ministers Patrick Faber and Godwin Hulse, who were on their way to Punta Gorda, as well as the other passengers and crew members on the plane, escaped unscathed.

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