Friday, July 23, 2021

Did Pilots Steal Plane? Authorities Try to Put Puzzle Pieces Together after Deadly Crash

Investigators said the Bahamian pilots who met their demise in a deadly crash over the weekend, appeared to have flown a stolen plane.

Police said two foreign pilots have since filed a stolen plane report at the Marsh Harbour Police Station on Tuesday and reported their plane stolen from the Treasure Cay Airport.

According to police, the two foreign men said they flew the plane from the Dominican Republic on Friday and were scheduled to leave Abaco on Monday.

A police statement said “The plane was reported arriving in Treasure Cay, Abaco on Friday, July 2, 2021 and was scheduled to depart on Monday, 5 July 2021 when the airplane was said to be stolen.

The Tribune said based on a report from a senior police officer, the two men have since left the country.

The incident has baffled investigators since the Bahamian pilots appeared to have gone through the normal procedure and presented documents to custom officials before their doomed departure.

State of play

The Bahamian pilots were not authorized to fly that particular type of plane as one was a student pilot and the other had an airline transport licence.

Flying this particular plane requires “a type rating certification” which requires additional training beyond their first instruction.

The big story

The Bahamian pilots identified as Jason Allen and Lavan Paul, also former Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers were killed after the plane they piloted blew up soon after takeoff from the Treasure Cay airport on Monday afternoon.

A video in circulation showed the wreckage, fully engulfed in flames in bushes in Treasure Cay.

The airplane is estimated at $300,000.”

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