Placencia- A Tropic Air plane carrying 7 passengers this morning plunged into the sea off the Placencia coast after it had hit a vehicle on the airstrip.
The loss of airspeed from the impact was of such magnitude that the pilot of the airplane had no choice but to ditch the plane in the water, just beyond the end of the runway. The airline said in a press release that all passengers and crew were safe after the incident.
The Belize Airports Authority had some time ago placed barriers and signage at the Placencia airstrip to prevent this type of incidents, but this did obviously not prevent the incident this morning.
Tropic Air stated that the airline was, in close cooperation with the Belize Airport Authority and the Belize Department of Civil Aviation, looking at how the incident could have occurred in order to prevent further incidents of this nature.
The airline reassured that they maintain safe and expeditious transport of its customers as their primary goal and pointed out that they recently completed its third ISSA audit in accordance with International Air Transport Association standards.
The airline also stated that the incident was in no way a reflection of Tropic Air’s operational, maintenance or business practices. The of this morning is the second serious incident involving an airplane from the company. On Thursday December 4th, 2014 one of the company’s aircraft also ditched at the Southern end of Belize City Municipal Airstrip during a scheduled flight between San Pedro Town and Belize City.