Deadly crash in St. Maarten
PHILIPSBURG, St, Maarten, May 5, CMC – Coast Guard officials from the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten have recovered bodies and parts of the wreckage of an air ambulance plane that crashed off the island early Saturday morning.
The aircraft, a twin-engine Cheyenne III, was conducting an air ambulance flight for TAI Air Ambulance Service based in Grand Case in French St. Martin when the crash occurred at around 3.00 am (local time).
At least four people were on board the aircraft. There are reports of no survivors.
The has been no official statement issued as yet on the crash, but the St. Maarten news website www.sxmislandtime.com reported that was transporting a male American tourist from the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) to Martinique when the incident occurred.
It reported that the CoastGuard of the Dutch Caribbean island is assisting in the search and rescue operation and that wreckage as well as some dead bodies have already been recovered.