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

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The plane crashed close to the Dutch Caribbean island of Saba. (Photo: 721news)

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, Thursday August 13, 2015 – 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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