Private plane carrying seven crash in Dominica, one injury
ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC):
The Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority has launched an investigation into an accident at the small Canefield Airport when a privately owned twin engine plane from Venezuela with seven people on board skidded off the runway and crashed into a fence.
Minister responsible for Ports, Ian Pinnard, said that one person was treated and later released from the prince Margaret Hospital. He said the plane had crashed into the fence: ”almost into the containers on the side of the Canefield road”.
“The investigation is taking place within the Port (Authority) and the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority,” said noting that he expects to receive a report from the chief executive officer of the Port Authority today.
The airport is due to be re-opened today and Pinnard said he expects the investigation to be completed “very soon and then we will have all the report as to what took place at Canefield Airport.
“The Canefield Airport will continue to operate as is, the government has no plans in place for Canefield…but as far as I know the plan for Canefield is to remain open and operate with small aircraft
The Canefield Airport was built in 1979 with British funding and used to accommodate regular schedule flights of the several airlines including the regional carrier, LIAT.