St Johns, Antigua (TDN) -- Three people have died and another is in critical condition at a hospital in St Johnís Antigua following the crash of Fly Montserrat flight 107 at VC Bird International Airport on Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 4:10 P.M.
Dead are the pilot, Captain Jason Forbes, and two as yet unidentified passengers. The nine-seater Britten Norman Islander Registration VP-MON headed for Montserrat nose dived into the airport just moments after takeoff.
Emergency crews reached the downed aircraft just two minutes after it plowed into the ground and succeeded in getting one of the passengers to the hospital. Two including the pilot died on the scene and the other died shortly after arriving at the hospital.
Immediately following the crash the airport was closed and several flights were diverted including an Air Canada flight, which landed in Martinique. Passengers, on both a British Airways and American Airlines flight, who were getting ready to depart at the time of the crash had to wait until the airport reopened at around 6:40 P.M.
The cause of the crash remains unknown and the government of Antigua and the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCA) has begun investigations into the incident.
This is the first major incident at the VC Bird International airport for over thirty years.