Published On: Thu, Oct 30th, 2014

Update: Plane crash in Sint Maarten – Search called off

Short 360-300 D-CFXB FedEx FeederPHILIPSBURG - The Sea Rescue Foundation, Coast Guard and other emergency services responded to a call Wednesday evening that an aircraft had gone down just short of the SXM Airport runway.

Initial reports state that a small FedEx twin engine aircraft (Shorts 360) with two souls on board executed a water crash landing procedure short of (rwy 100).

As of 9:30 Wednesday evening a search to locate the crash site and survivors was ongoing.

There has been no information that could explain why the aircraft did not make it to the runway. However it is speculated that the aircraft experienced engine failure after take from rwy 280 at around 6:12pm.

The pilot attempted to return to the runway, he was unsuccessful. At the time of takeoff bad weather was located in the vicinity of the aerodrome. It is believed that weather may have also played role in the fatal crash.

After 10pm the Dutch Marines who were also involved in the search found one body, that of the co-pilot. The body was discovered to the North of the Mullet Bay Beach.

Before that, other vessels who were also assisting with the search reported finding debris associated with the crash along the Mullet Bay coast line. The debris field included FedEx boxes.

The body of the co-pilot was brought into the Coast Guard station by the Army Rib.

It is expected that the FAA, the American Federal Aviation Authority and the NTSB, the National Transportation Safety Board, will become involved in the investigation at some point to determine what led to Wednesday's fatal crash.

The search was called off after 2am as visibility had been reduced to zero. It is planned to resume the search at day break.

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