Anguillian Registration Plane Crashes Close to St. Croix
Six persons unaccounted for.
Saturday, 13 October 2012
Kirby Hodge. (Photo courtesy The Anguillian Newspaper)
A small aircraft registered in Anguilla crashed early Saturday morning apparently due to bad weather conditions. Information reaching SMN News states that a plane with flight number 5553Y – AZTEX left St. Croix with six souls including the pilot Kirby Hodge en route to St. Thomas when it went missing. SMN News learnt that the Air Towers in San Juan Puerto Rico contacted the Air Towers on St. Maarten shortly after 7am Saturday morning to inquire if the aircraft landed on St. Maarten. SMN News further learnt that the aircraft wreckage was found but the passengers and pilot on board have not yet been located.
Kirby Hodge is a well known pilot and businessman from Island Harbour Anguilla. He owns Rainbow International Airlines which is responsible for air evacuation within the region.
This latest crash came just one week after an aircraft crashed on the V.C. Bird International Airport in Antigua where three persons including the pilot lost their lives.