Hummingbird Air cancels all flights after another crash landing

Hummingbird Air has cancelled all its flights amidst investigations by the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCA) that is looking into the airline’s second crash landing in recent months.

A small 15- seater aircraft crash-landed at the George FL Charles Airport in Vigie, St Lucia, yesterday, at about 8:45 am.

The only soul onboard, the pilot, was unharmed.

The United States registered airline has since launched an internal investigation to determine the cause of this incident and a press release states all, “Hummingbird Air has taken the decision to cancel all passenger flights until further notice. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.”

Officials in St Lucia said the incident occurred when a BE99 aircraft, registration number N7994H, encountered difficulty upon landing and veered off the runway towards the southern edge into a grassy area.

Preliminary investigations have revealed that the aircraft’s right landing gear malfunctioned.

Executives from the ECCA arrived in St Lucia yesterday to investigate the second Hummingbird Air crash landing, in recent months.

According to St Lucia Online, an official said the airport’s Control Tower did not receive any calls for help prior to the arrival of the airport. However, after the plane landed in a strange way, help was put into gear.

One airport fire truck and two others from Castries, along with several ambulances, responded to the scene.

In August, Hummingbird Air crash-landed in Barbuda, with six passengers onboard. The plane veered off the runway and crashed into a nearby field.

The passengers included the company’s owner, Sam Raphael. No one was injured in this crash.

Hummingbird Air flies to six Caribbean territories. Namely: Dominica, USVI, BVI, St Lucia St Kitts and St Maarten. They also offer charter services to other islands.

By Tameika Malone

Hummingbird Air has cancelled all its flights amidst investigations by the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCA) that is looking into the airline’s second crash landing in recent months.

A small 15- seater aircraft crash-landed at the George FL Charles Airport in Vigie, St Lucia, yesterday, at about 8:45 am.

The only soul onboard, the pilot, was unharmed.

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