halfmoonLate this evening, Tropic Air’s Cessna 182 en-route to Roatan Honduras being piloted by Captain Denfield Borland suffered mechanical problems and plunged into the sea. Best information to our newsroom is that the flight was taking two passengers identified as Arthur Rogiers, an American national and Eddie Bodden, a Honduran National. Fortunately, all three survived the crash. Reports are that at 4:17pm the control tower at the Philip Goldson International Airport received a distress call from the pilot who indicated that the aircraft was experiencing difficulties and would not be able to reach its destination or any other airport and would be making a water landing in the vicinity of Half Moon Caye. We understand that the department immediately activated search and rescue procedures. The Belize Coast Guard stationed at Turneffe Atoll immediately dispatched a vessel to the last know position of the aircraft and in addition the Belize Audubon Society which operates a station at Half Moon Caye was contacted.

Both passengers and pilot were rescued by Audobon Society personnel who were in the area at the time of the mishap. A source from Tropic Air tells us that the caravan captain has over four thousand air miles as pilot and the single engine Cessna is a fairly new airplane in Tropic’s fleet. We understand that a full investigation will be carried out in accordance with Belize’s regulations as well as international standards and recommended practices.

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