3 miraculously survive plane crashPOSTED: 01/28/14 12:07 PM
St. Maarten – According to reports received, a small Aztec Piper twin engine aircraft carrying 3 people crashed off the coast of St. Maarten near Guana Bay yesterday. The aircraft left St. Barths and was on its way to Grand Case when both engines failed. The pilot was then forced to ditch the plane in the ocean.
The police received word of the troubled aircraft from the airport tower and immediately left for the coast to see if they could spot the downed plane. Other emergency services such as the Sint Maarten Sea Rescue, Coast Guard and French emergency services, including a helicopter, were sent out to search for the victims. With the assistance of a witness the police were able to direct emergency services to where the aircraft had gone down.
All 3 people survived and were rescued, initially by the Voyager. The Sea Rescue Foundation then took the crash victims back to shore. They only suffered minor cuts and bruises. They were later taken to hospital for treatment by medical authorities.
Because of the good coordination and input from all emergency services involved and the Voyager, all three victims were rescued before nightfall. It is still undetermined what caused the engines to fail.