Light plane crashes after take-off from Wakenaam, pilot hurt

A small plane that had crash-landed on the island of Wakenaam in November 2011 crashed again as it tried to take off this afternoon injuring the pilot, reports stated.

A source on the island said that the plane had been on the island since the 2011 crash and its owners had been coming and going for the past months trying to repair it and make it airworthy again.

“The plane was trying to take off. It had barely lifted off when it toppled two or three times…it is a complete write off,” he said. He stated that the pilot is in hospital as a result of the injuries he suffered in the crash.

According to the source who preferred to remain unnamed, the plane had made an attempt to take off yesterday afternoon, but this was abandoned after one of its wings clipped a tree.

“They had tried yesterday afternoon but the plane wing hit a tree,” said the source.

This is the rice field that the plane crash-landed on two years ago
This is the rice field that the plane crash-landed on two years ago

That plane, said to be a light Cessna C150 aircraft crash landed in November 2011 in a rice field after it had run out of fuel. The plane was said to be on its way from Trinidad and Tobago to the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri. During that crash, the two occupants, its owner and the pilot, escaped with minor injuries.

According to the GCAA, investigators found that several factors had influenced the flight that day in November 2011, including head winds which forced the aircraft to utilize all its fuel before reaching Timehri. The GCAA confirmed that the plane had been on a test flight at that time.


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