Thursday, December 27, 2018

Cessna 182Q, N5388N: Fatal accident occurred June 27, 2019 in Chimaitenango, Guatemala

Paradise Bound Ministries Inc

https://registry.faa.gov/N5388N


 








NTSB Identification: GAA19WA386
14 CFR Non-U.S., Non-Commercial
Accident occurred Thursday, June 27, 2019 in Chimaitenango, Guatemala
Aircraft: CESSNA 182, registration: N5388N
Injuries: 2 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of Guatemala has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a CESSNA 182 airplane that occurred on June 27, 2019. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Guatemala's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.

All investigative information will be released by the government of Guatemala.

Una avioneta se accidentó en el cacerío Xejuyú, en la zona 5 de Chimaltenango. Bomberos Municipales acudieron al lugar e informaron que los dos ocupantes de la aeronave sufrieron quemaduras y fueron trasladadas al Hospital Nacional de Chimaltenango.

Posteriormente, Francis Argueta Aguirre, director general de Aeronáutica Civil, informó a través de sus redes sociales que las personas que viajaban en la avioneta N5388N eran los misioneros Bruce Van Fleet, de 32 años, y Luke Sullivan, de 27.

Los religiosos, según reportes, se dirigían al Aeropuerto La Aurora y habían despegado desde Ixcán, Quiché.

Para atender la emergencia, dos helicópteros ambulancia fueron movilizados al estadio de Chimaltenango en espera de los heridos.

Posteriormente, Van Fleet y Sullivan fueron trasladados a un centro hospitalario de la capital para recibir atención especializada.

Misioneros

En un post de Facebook, Jeremiah Hunter, músico del centro religioso Grace Creek Church de Texas, pidió oraciones por la familia de Luke Sullivan. En la publicación Hunter contó que Sullivan y su esposa llegaron a Guatemala este mes “siguiendo el llamado de Dios para ser misioneros en este país”.

“El trabajo principal de Luke es manejar una pequeña avioneta para trasladar a pastores locales y evitar distancias que normalmente podrían tomar días”, explicó Hunter. “Desafortunadamente hoy tuvo un accidente. Está vivo pero severamente herido. Por favor, oren por su completa recuperación”, fueron sus palabras.

Ashley Sullivan, esposa de Luke, también imploró, a través de redes sociales, por oraciones para su esposo y su compañero.



Thursday afternoon (June 27) one of the Paradise Bound Ministries’ planes went down in Guatemala being flown by our Aviation Director, Luke Sullivan, with a visiting Missionary Pilot Bruce Van Fleet Jr.   Both men were airlifted from the nearby national hospital to one of the best private hospitals in Guatemala City.

Friday morning (June 28) Luke  passed away.  Luke leaves behind a wife (Ashley) and 3 daughters with a 4th on the way.  Later that afternoon/evening we were able to transfer Bruce to a regional burn center in TX via an Advanced Life Support Air Ambulance.  Bruce remains in critical but stable condition, and will likely remain in ICU for 3 to 6 months.

Luke’s heart and passion was to use aviation to share Christ with the Guatemalan people. He and his wife love the Lord and love the Guatemalan people. We ask for your prayers for Ashley, the girls, both Luke and Ashley’s extended family, and of course for Bruce’s treatment and recovery.

Paradise Bound paid for all the medical expenses of both Luke and Bruce in Guatemala, and Bruce's air ambulance from Guatemala to TX.  Total expenses paid thus far by Paradise Bound total $58,069.15.  There are additional expenses that PBM still needs to cover as well, and we hope to have those totals soon.   Your gifts help relieve the weight and uncertainty of the financial difficulty for PBM and the families involved in this tragic accident.

Please continue in unceasing Prayer for the Sullivan and Van Fleet families, remembering always that "Prayer IS the greater work..."


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May 09, 2019:  Congratulations to Luke Sullivan for achieving his IA Certification today. Luke is a pilot, instructor, A&P and now an Authorized Inspector. He has accomplished all this with a mission in mind-literally- he, along with his family are taking part in a mission trip to Guatemala where he will be using all of these God given talents. Best wishes to you Luke and safe travels.

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