Pilot Dies in Dominica Plane Crash

ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) – The body of the pilot of a plane that crashed in a wooded area, 4.5 miles west of the Douglas-Charles Airport on Thursday, has been recovered, the chief executive officer of the Dominica Air and Seaport Authority Benoit Bardouille has said.

“We got the assistance of the French with a helicopter and along with the police and the rescue team… and they have actually retrieved the pilot from the aircraft. Unfortunately he did not make it,” Bardouille said.

The name or nationality of the pilot has not been disclosed.

He was the lone occupant of the plane that was on a flight between the French islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe when it disappeared six miles off the airport early Thursday morning.

The plane was found in the Syndicated area, nestled on the foothills of Dominica’s tallest mountain, Morne Diablotin.

“I dare say the… incident has been reported to the ECCAA (Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority) and the subsequent investigation into that incident will follow,” Bardouille said.

Last week, a Sky High Aviation Services Jetstream 41 aircraft crash-landed at the Douglas-Charles Airport. The Dominican Republic-based aircraft had 32 people on board, including three crew members. There were no fatalities.

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