The aircraft that crashed in Langley Park, Georgetown on Monday requested priority for landing at E.T. Joshua Airport because of a problem but did not indicate the nature of the problem.
This was revealed by
Director of Airports Corsel Robertson in a news release on Tuesday.
Robertson said that shortly after this communication, the airport lost contact with the aircraft with later crashed, resulting in injuries to the pilot and first officer, the only person on board.
See full release below (Scroll for video from crash scene)
AIRCRAFT CRASH ON 11TH MAY 2015
On Monday 11th May 2015 a US registered light twin-engine aircraft (registered as N504ME) which was en route from George Charles Airport in St. Lucia to E.T. Joshua Airport, reported at about 2:27 pm that it had a slight problem and requested priority for landing. The aircraft was reported to be about six (6) miles from the airport at the time.
There were no specific details given about the nature of the problem. The Pilot did not declare an emergency. Shortly after this transmission, communication with the aircraft was lost. A short while later, Air Traffic Control at E.T. Joshua Airport received a call from Mr. Duncan Richardson who is the pilot of the crop duster/spray plane which operates out of Langley Park. He informed them that an aircraft had over flown the strip at Langley Park following which there was a loud bang. It was later confirmed that the aircraft had crashed in a field at Langley Park in the North East of St. Vincent.
The aircraft was flown by two (2) crew members, Captain Wayne McDiarmed of St. Lucia and First Officer, Marvin Teka of Grenada. There were no passengers. Both received injuries and are resting at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital. They are not considered critical at this time.
An investigation into the accident has commenced and is led by Mr. Paul Delisle, Flight Operations Inspector of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA). He is assisted by Mr. Richard Lindsey, airworthiness inspector of the ECCAA and officials of the Airports Department.
Corsel Robertson, Director of Airports