Friday, April 06, 2012

Two Pilots Killed in Plane at Marcos A. Gelabert International Airport


An airplane crash occurred this morning at the Marcos A. Gelabert airport, in Albrook, resulting in the deaths of at least two people. Killed were the pilots Guillermo Palm and James Edward Smith, who were aboard the plane. 

According to the TVN News team who are at the scene, sources within the air terminal said it was an "ultra light" aircraft that crashed, which had just taken off from Albrook when the accident occurred. However, we were informed that when the accident occurred firefighters were at the airport, then moments later investigators from the Direction of Judicial Investigation (DIJ) arrived, and a hearse for the removal of the bodies

A non-certified experimental plane with two people aboard, crashed minutes after take off from the Mark A. Gelabert International Airport  in  Albrook Panama. Both passengers were killed.

Civil Aeronautical Authority general manager, Rafael Barcenas said  the light sport  plane took off for Penonome, Cocle,at 7.50 am.  It had fuel for a three hour flight, Forty seconds later  the pilot radioed  to the control tower that he intended to return to the runway. The plane crashed and exploded on landing.

"It was an experimental airplane,(AS 56) a non certified aircraft under the risk of the operator and operating  under CAA regulations" said the manager.

Public Ministry staff  removed the bodies and an investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.

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