(BVI NEWS) – The individual rescued from the aircraft that crashed in the sea at the Terrence B Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island has died.
The Royal Virgin Islands Police Force made the pronouncement minutes before 6 o’clock on Wednesday afternoon, July 18.
Police said an investigation has been launched into the fatal accident.
The name of the victim has not been released.
A small aircraft has reportedly crash-landed in a body of water at the Terrence B Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island.
Local emergency services personnel responded at the scene.
Police told BVI News the aircraft ‘overran the runway’ at the airport and ended in the sea.
“One person was rescued from the aircraft,” police said.
Amateur video footage sent to BVI News shows one resident performing what appears to be cardiopulmonary resuscitation – more commonly known as CPR – on a male who is believed to be the crash victim.
The full circumstances of the incident are not clear but BVI News will provide further information as it becomes available.
The BVI Airports Authority has released the following statement on the incident:
A C150 with one person on board departed the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (TUPJ) at 20:17Z (4:17 pm) destined to Pointe a Pitre International Airport (TFFR) in Guadeloupe when it crashed into the waters off the east-northeast end of Runway 07.
BVI Airport Authority’s Rescue and Fire Fighting Service moved swiftly into action and was able to quickly secure the pilot, the only occupant of the aircraft.
The Airport is currently closed to facilitate the rescue effort.