AAIA preliminary report: Engine malfunction caused plane crash

AAIA preliminary report: Engine malfunction caused plane crash
A Cirrus 22 aircraft that crashed on Mayaguana on Saturday, November 21

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — An aircraft that crashed on Mayaguana on Saturday reportedly experienced an engine malfunction, according to the Air Accident Investigation Authority (AAIA).

The sole pilot onboard the single-engine Cirrus 22 aircraft was rescued.

The AAIA said it was advised of the incident around 1pm.

The US-registered plane was en route to Governor’s Harbour, Eleuthera, from Jose Aponte de la Torre Airport, Puerto Rico.

The AAIA said reports indicate the aircraft experienced an engine malfunction in the vicinity of Mayaguana, and the pilot initiated emergency protocols.

A scene of the crash site

“The aircraft came to rest in an area that is inaccessible; subsequently a request was made to the United States Coast Guard for assistance,” the AAIA said in a report.

“The Coast Guard responded via the dispatch of OPBAT helicopter and the pilot was rescued with no reported injuries.

“The AAIA has opened an investigation into this occurrence as per the Aircraft Accident Investigation Authority Act, 2019 and accompanying regulations and official notification has been transmitted to all local and international agencies as per the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).”

According to authorities, the pilot was airlifted to seek medical attention.

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