Saturday, December 23, 2017

Cessna 172, PR-PTS: Fatal accident occurred December 23, 2017 near Providenciales International Airport (MBPV), Turks and Caicos Islands

NTSB Identification: ERA18WA057
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Sunday, December 24, 2017 in Providenciales, Turks And Caicos Islands
Aircraft: CESSNA 172, registration:
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of the United Kingdom has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a Cessna 172S airplane that occurred on December 24, 2017, in Turks and Caicos Islands. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the Air Accidents Investigation Branch's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.

All investigative information will be released by the government of the United Kingdom.

Two people were killed when a light aircraft crashed near a fuel station shortly after takeoff from the Providenciales International Airport in Turks and Caicos Islands around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday December 23rd.

Police are withholding the identities of the deceased until their relatives are notified.

Acting Commissioner of Police Trevor Botting said an investigation into the circumstances of the incident is underway and he asked people not to speculate about the cause.

Footage of the plane crash circulated on social media showing the plane engulfed in a huge ball of fire.

“I am aware that footage of the crashed aircraft is being circulated and I would ask that persons refrain from sharing images and video but instead make them available to the Police as part of the investigation,” Botting said in a press statement.

“The scene of the crash was challenging and upsetting but all the services worked together to do all they could for those on board the aircraft. Incidents such as this are a stark reminder of the difficult and challenging work that the emergency services undertake in the service of the communities on the Turks and Caicos Islands."

The UK Aircraft Accident Investigation Board has been notified of the crash, Botting said. 

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 6:24pm Update: Ambulance was unable to save any of the persons in the crash; Reportedly two persons onboard – male and female. A source confirm both died in the crash.

Reports coming in of a plane crash moments ago is now confirmed. The incident is reportedly near Smithco, Providenciales, TCI.

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December 23, 2017 – Providenciales – Tragic events just two days to Christmas as reports are coming in of a plane crash moments minutes ago….reportedly near SmithCo, Providenciales, TCI. 

There is no official report at this time.

One source says that ambulance personnel were unable to save any; reportedly two on board – male and female. 

One firm source says they died in the crash.

One person who witnessed the crash said that, “I was on the road when it happened.  

Some guys tried to out the fire but wasn’t successful and eventually the plane exploded.   

Ambulance got there like 15 minutes after the crash and police maybe 20 minutes along with the fire department. 

It appears that two people were inside.”

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