Fatal Plane Crash Still Under Investigation


There is still no clear understanding as to what caused the fatal plane crash that took the life of the pilot last year July since it was announced that the accident is still be investigated by Air Accident Investigate Branch (AAIB), which is the United Kingdom Government department associated with the probing of plane incident.

The plane which was destined to Pointe a Pitre International Airport (TFFR) in Guadeloupe crashed into the waters off the east north east end of Runway 07 of the Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport on July 18 around 4:17pm. The pilot, who succumbed to his injuries was the only person on board when the incident occurred.

In a statement issued the day after the incident the Air Accident Investigate Branch announced that it would be looking into the matter. The agency said: “The AAIB is sending a team to investigate an accident involving a light aircraft in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.”

Nine months later the organization has noted that the fatal incident is still under investigation. It was explained that the investigation is thorough hence the reason why the process is still ongoing.

AAIB said: “As evidence is gathered and analysed, further witness interviews may be conducted to understand emerging lines of enquiry. Throughout the investigation, our human factors inspector may provide input and advice, going beyond the pilots and looking at all the human interactions and organisational influences that may have contributed to an accident, whether those be in the immediate lead-up to an accident or further back in time. This phase of an investigation can take several months for an accident involving a light aircraft and potentially more than a year for a major accident.”

Nonetheless, it was mentioned that any matter arising that requires swift attention would be announced before investigation completion: “If any urgent safety issues arise, we publish a ‘Special Bulletin’ during an ongoing investigation. These [bulletins]are also used to communicate the initial findings of a major accident investigation within 30 days, in line with international protocols.”