PHILLIPSBURG, St. Maarten – A Piper Aztec twin engine aircraft crashed on Monday afternoon two and a half miles out of Guana Bay.
At approximately five (5pm) we got news that the aircraft with three American Nationals on board had gone down.
The aircraft which originated from St. Barths had just departed Grand Case and was en route to St. Barths when it crashed for unknown reasons.
Apparently both engines of the aircraft died on the pilot before he ditched. This is usually a sign of fuel contamination, however the cause of the crash has not yet been determined.
The three passengers on board of the aircraft are alive and were rescued and brought to shore in St. Maarten.
The passengers were initially rescued by the Voyager vessel and brought to shore by the St. Maarten Sea Rescue and was rushed to the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) where they were treated for minor injuries.. The plane crashed in the corridor between St. Martin and St. Barths.
Source : Curacao Chronicle