Three survive after plane crashes off Belize into Caribbean Sea
BELMOPAN, Belize – All three occupants of a Tropic Air plane survived when the aircraft crashed into the Caribbean Sea yesterday evening.
Pilot Denfield Borland and his two passengers, Honduran national Eddie Bodden and American Arthur Rogers, were headed to Roatan, Honduras, after departing the Philip Goldson International Airport in Belize City, when the CESSNA-182 single-engine plane experienced mechanical difficulties around 4:45 p.m, according to local media reports.
The aircraft went down between the Turneffe and Lighthouse Reef atolls.
The three men were subsequently taken to safety in a search and rescue operation, Elton Bennett of the Belize National Coast Guard told the media.
This is the second incident involving a plane from the fleet of the Belize airline in the last six months.
On December 4 last year, as a Tropic Air plane tried to land at the Belize City Municipal Airport it ran off the runway and landed a few feet away in shallow waters. Fortunately, the five passengers and pilot were not injured.
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