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Cessna 150M, N66778: Fatal accident occurred July 18, 2018 at Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (TUPJ), Beef Island, British Virgin Islands

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NTSB Identification: CEN18WA279
14 CFR Unknown
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 18, 2018 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands
Aircraft: Cessna 150, registration: N66778
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On July 18, 2018, at 2030 UTC, a Cessna 150M, N66778, S/N 15076271, impacted the sea shortly after takeoff from Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport (TUPJ), Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The airplane was substantially damaged. The pilot, the sole occupant, suffered fatal injuries. Preliminary information indicated the intended destination was Pointe-á-Pitre International Airport, Guadeloupe.

This investigation is under the jurisdiction and control of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) United Kingdom. Under the provisions of Annex 13 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation as a State of Design, the United States has designated an accredited representative to participate in the investigation. Any further information may be obtained from:


Famborough House 
Berkshire Copse Road
Aldershot, Hampshire
GU11 2HH, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1252 510300
E-mail: investigations@aaib.gov.uk
Mr. John McMillan
Telephone: +44 1252 510300 
E-mail: jmcmillan@aaib.gov.uk 

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information released by, or obtained from, the AAIB United Kingdom. 

The individual rescued from the aircraft that crashed in the sea at the Terrance 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 (4:17pm) destined to Pointe a Pitre International Airport (TFFR) in Guadeloupe when it crashed into the waters off the east north east 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.


A pilot died when the plane he was flying overran the runway at the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on Wednesday afternoon and ended up in the sea near Trellis Bay, according to police and other officials.

The pilot, who was the only person aboard the plane, has not been publicly identified, but Virgin Islands Search and Rescue member Phil Aspinall said police information suggests he was an Angolan national with a United States passport.

VISAR received a call about the incident from the United States Coast Coast Guard at around 4:21 p.m. and arrived on the scene a little before 5 p.m. to find the Cesna C150 in the water near the end of the runway, according to Mr. Aspinall.

The pilot had already been pulled from the wreckage by “good Samaritan divers” who were on the scene and CPR was being administered, according to Mr. Aspinall.

Police, however, confirmed minutes before 6 p.m. that the pilot had died, and what appeared to be a body bag was visible on the Trellis Bay dock that responders were using to access the wreck.

The plane was headed to Pointe-à-Pitre International Airport in Guadeloupe at 4:17 p.m. and had six hours of fuel on board, according the BVI Airports Authority.


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