Investigators from the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) are on island trying to determine the cause of a plane crash at the Canefield Airport about mid-day on Sunday 8 February.
The Cessna 404 aircraft carrying seven Venezuelan nationals plunged into the extreme southern fence of the airport yesterday.
“A private aircraft registration number YC1139 with six passengers and one crew member landed at the Canefield Airport somewhere about 12:02pm,” chief executive officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority (DASPA) Benoit Bardouille told Dominica Vibes on Monday 9 February.
“After touch down on runway 1- 9, the aircraft failed to stop and crashed into the southern fence, that is the extreme south east corner,” Mr Bardouille continued.
The aircraft sustained extensive damage on its front landing gear; there was also damage to the fence on the southern gate of the airport.
“There were seven persons on board, one sustained a minor injury while disembarking from the aircraft, he was transported to the Princess Margaret Hospital was treated and discharged,” Mr Bardouille reported.
He confirmed that operations at the Canefield Airport has resumed following its closure after the plane crash.
“The airport was closed for some period, other flights were diverted to the Douglas Charles Airport as a result of the incident and we reopened the Canefield airport somewhere around 3:15 pm”.
“We are waiting on the investigators at the moment to conduct their investigation,” he informed.
This is not the first time that planes have ran off the runway at the Canefield Airport however; Mr Bardouille informed that the previous incidents were as a result of mechanical problems and not issues at the Airport as has been suggested by some members of the public.
“These aircrafts are rated to be able to land at the Canefield Airport…the aircraft need to ensure from their maintenance record that they are in fact doing the things that are necessary,” he said.