Friday, January 04, 2013

Plane crash on celebrity Island: Light aircraft goes on down on Caribbean where Simon Cowell and co are taking a winter vacation

  • It is not known if anyone was injured in the crash earlier today 
  • St Barts airport is considered the third most dangerous in the world 
  • Landing involves a steep descent over a mountain on to a 650metre runway 
  • The average runway length for international airports is 5,500 metres 
  • The island is a favorite of celebrities with Lily Cole, Jon Bon Jovi, Ryan Seacrest and actress Naomi Watts all currently enjoying holidays there

A light aircraft has crashed into a mountain while trying to make the tricky descent on to the Caribbean island of St Barts - a popular holiday destination of the rich and famous. 

The island's Gustaf III Airport (TFFJ/SBH) is considered the third most dangerous in the world because pilots have to descend steeply down over a hilltop on to an extremely short runway - just 650 metres compared to the standard 5,500 metres at international airports - that ends on the beach.

Today there was high wind on the island - where celebrities such as Simon Cowell, Jon Bon Jovi, actress Naomi Watts and model Lily Cole are currently holidaying - making the landing even more treacherous.

The small plane crashed into the side of a mountain as it attempted the steep descent towards the runway. Emergency services were called to the scene but it is not known if anyone was hurt in the crash.

There are currently numerous famous faces sunning themselves on the beautiful island.

Simon Cowell has been spotted with greek actress Zeta Graff enjoying the sun on a luxury superyacht off the coast while Jon Bon Jovi has been making the most of the island's long white beaches with his family. 

American Idol host Ryan Seacrest and his girlfriend Julianne Hough were also seen kicking off the New Year in style with a vacation in St Barts.

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