St Johns, Antigua (TDN) -- Michael Hudson the sole survivor of Sunday’s Fly Montserrat plane crash in Antigua, which killed the pilot and two other passengers is said to be in stable condition at an Antigua hospital following surgery.
The twenty-three-year-old British citizen was a passenger along with 29-year-old Annya Duncan of Jamaica and 57-year-old Sandrama Poligadu of Guyana both of whom did not survive the crash, along with Captain Jason Forbes.
The nine seater aircraft had just taken off from the VC Bird International Airport when it suddenly lost power and plowed into the ground. Duncan and the pilot died on impact, and Poligadu who initially survived died after arriving at the hospital.
Hudson who was visiting the island on business has undergone surgery to repair a broken right leg, which is broken below the knee. He also suffered a broken arm, several cuts and bruises and injury to his left eye.
In spite of his injuries, doctors expect him to make a full recovery and he is said to be awake, alert and talking to relatives and the medical staff.
Since the crash, a team of investigators including members of the UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch and the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCA) have launched an investigation trying to determine the cause of the crash.
Eyewitnesses report hearing the plane’s engine stall before it plunged to the ground. There is also concern about the role of lightning and thunderstorms experienced around the area of the airport shortly before the ill fated flight.
The ECCA which is in control of the investigations say that it may take several months before the cause of the crash can be determined.