Wednesday, November 22, 2017. An investigation has been launched into the circumstances that led to a Tropic Air plane which veered off course on Friday morning and crash landed into the Caribbean Sea offshore Placencia.
The Caravan, with eight passengers and pilot, was taking off from the airstrip in Placencia, when according to official reports, the landing gear clipped the top of a passing SUV and the subsequent loss of airspeed made the pilot set the plane down in the water.
Although he has not been named in any of the official press releases, PGTV understands that PG native Heston Wagner was the pilot who skillfully set the aircraft down in the sea and averted a catastrophe.
Leader of the Belize Territorial Volunteers Wil Maheia saluted Wagner on his heroic efforts.
PGTV understands that Wagner himself sustained minor injured and has since returned to work.
None of the other persons on board the plane was seriously hurt. Among the passengers were Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber and Agriculture Minister Godwin Hulse who were both on their way to official events in Toledo on Friday.
Needless to say, they did not make those appointments.
The main question that investigators will be seeking to have answered is why the SUV was in the path of the ascending plane in the first place.
There are security barriers that should have been activated as the plane was taking off stopping all vehicular traffic from the road around the airstrip.
Additionally there are signs clearly posted in the area alerting people of the presence of low-flying aircraft.
We’ll keep following this story.