|Plane crash lands at Staniel Cay|
Royston Jones Jr.
Guardian Staff Reporter
Published: Aug 20, 2012
A nine-seater Flamingo Air plane crash landed at Staniel Cay Airport in Exuma shortly before 3 p.m. on Saturday, police said.
The Cessna aircraft came to a stop in nearby bushes, just off the runaway, after the pilot reportedly lost control of the plane while attempting to land, according to police.
The passengers were treated at the local clinic for minor injuries and were later discharged, police also reported.
Owner and operator of Flamingo Air, Raymond Meadows, told The Nassau Guardian yesterday that the plane slid off the runaway.
Asked whether the landing gear failed, Meadows responded, “No. It was due to rain on the runaway.”
“The pilot did everything he could have done,” Meadows said.
“I spoke to our [aviation] administrators. I spoke to pilots that were on the ground and they felt that everything was textbook and he did everything that he could have done.”
The airplane reportedly sustained “extensive damage”, but up to yesterday the full scope of damage was unclear.
Local government council member for Staniel Cay, Steven Miller, said all but three passengers flew back to Nassau to receive X-rays.
“We are very thankful and grateful that everyone was able to walk away from the crash and there were no injuries,” Miller said.
“The nurse (at the local clinic) said she advised the people she saw from the crash...to fly back to Nassau just to have X-rays done to ensure there are no internal injuries...because there is no X-ray machine on the island.”
When asked how the passengers were feeling, Meadows, who said he spoke to all them, replied, “With a situation like that how could you feel?"
On July 31, Meadows, 45, crash landed a twin engine Piper Aztec in mangroves to the east of Freeport Aggregates Limited, Grand Bahama, according to police reports.
Meadows along with his wife, their 10-year-old son and an unidentified man were en route to Eleuthera from Grand Bahama Airport to attend a family funeral when the aircraft reportedly encountered mechanical problems around 1:30 p.m.
While the passengers reportedly exited the aircraft unscathed, rescue efforts took more than five hours as rescue officials and Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers transported the passengers from the site via canoe, to land some two miles away.
Meadows declined to discuss any particulars of that incident yesterday.