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Rum_Pirate
10-08-2012, 08:52 PM
20 dead in Caribbean plane crash

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A small plane has crashed on the Caribbean island of St Barthelemy, killing 19 people on board and one person on the ground.
The Caribbean Airlines plane departed from Princess Juliana Airport on the island of St Martin on Saturday afternoon and crashed into a house near the St Barthelemy Airport on the nearby French island, said Herve Siffre, French Gendarme spokesman on St Barthelemy.
The plane crashed while preparing to land at the airport on the mountainous island, Siffre said. A man was killed when the Twin Otter propeller-driven plane crashed into his house in a field near the airport, and his wife was in the hospital with serious injuries.
Gendarmes on St Barthelemy were interviewing witnesses and sifting through the wreckage, searching for clues as to what could have caused the crash, he said.
The 17 passengers were mostly French tourists, said Ariana Halley, a manager for the airline on St Martin.
The airline would not release the names of passengers until family members were notified. There were also two crew members on the plane, she said.


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Donn
10-08-2012, 09:08 PM
I always hate it when my "plans crash."

Glen Longino
10-08-2012, 09:30 PM
I make advanced plans so my plans don't crash!

BrianW
10-08-2012, 09:31 PM
Is this another crash, or the same one in the other thread?

Sad either way. :(

Rum_Pirate
10-08-2012, 09:48 PM
Another crash. :o

There are unsubstantiated reports about the numbers of the fatalities in this crash.

Garret
10-08-2012, 09:59 PM
That's a shame. I always though it'd take some real skill to land at that airport - not exactly forgiving.

Gerarddm
10-08-2012, 10:19 PM
Awful.

Decades ago I had a harrowing landing into Port of Spain, Trinidad aboard BWIA. The locals told me the initials ( British West India Airline ) really meant But Will It Arrive. Have always flown only major airlines since.

Garret
10-08-2012, 10:25 PM
LIAT = Leave island Any Time. I've never had issues getting there, but it definitely runs on island time.

skuthorp
10-09-2012, 04:26 AM
I once was a passenger in a DC3 with a dodgy door and missing rivets. In Aus! Cargo plane with two seats and a load of crated live pigs. Ceiling of 5000 feet or so because of the pig's sensitivity to air pressure so the pilot said I think. Be careful when you hitch a ride.
The plane was probably war surplus and in the far north west then may well not have been officially airworthy.

Garret
10-09-2012, 06:49 AM
I once was a passenger in a DC3 with a dodgy door and missing rivets. In Aus! Cargo plane with two seats and a load of crated live pigs. Ceiling of 5000 feet or so because of the pig's sensitivity to air pressure so the pilot said I think. Be careful when you hitch a ride.
The plane was probably war surplus and in the far north west then may well not have been officially airworthy.

I flew on that same plane (minus the pigs) in the Bahamas. As you said, rivets bouncing up & down all over the wing, cockpit door parallelogramming as we went down the runway. My favorite was that when the pilot revved the engines, they'd rock back - you could see the prop tops move back & forth 6" or more. The pilot never flew it over 500 feet - probably more like 250 - skimming the wave tops practically.

skuthorp
10-09-2012, 08:30 AM
I can't remember if I was scared or not Garret, I spent much of the flight re-tieing ropes to keep the crates from sliding about. Ignorance is bliss I guess. Must have been a few of them about after the war.

Joe (SoCal)
10-09-2012, 08:41 AM
I've flown that exact same flight twice, not for the faint of heart.

http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/02_01/planeDM0302_600x703.jpg

You basically fly over this mountain pass, turn off the engine, free fall face down, turn the engine back on and glide to a stop juuuuust before a public beach. FYI the airport has a buisy bar crowd.

Phillip Allen
10-09-2012, 08:54 AM
gad... looks like two guys need helmets

Garret
10-09-2012, 09:00 AM
I've flown that exact same flight twice, not for the faint of heart.



You basically fly over this mountain pass, turn off the engine, free fall face down, turn the engine back on and glide to a stop juuuuust before a public beach. FYI the airport has a buisy bar crowd.

That's a great pic & explains my thinking nicely! Thanks Joe

Rum_Pirate
10-09-2012, 07:14 PM
THIS REPORT IN THE OP IS NOT CORRECT.

THE ACCIDENT TOOK PLACE IN 2001 AND THE NEWS AGENCY (Daily Wail WHATS NEW) UPDATED IT INCORRECTLY.
I should have double (triple) checked.

Rum_Pirate
10-09-2012, 07:17 PM
Awful.

Decades ago I had a harrowing landing into Port of Spain, Trinidad aboard BWIA. The locals told me the initials ( British West India Airline ) really meant But Will It Arrive. Have always flown only major airlines since.


BWIA have NEVER had a fatality.

The But Will It Arrive referred to its time keeping.

They are now 'Caribbean Airlines'.