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Airplane accident temporarily closes Anegada Airport

-Operations resumed shortly after on Jan 10, 2020
January 11th, 2020 | Tags: Auguste George Airport BVIAA Clive Smith Accident
The Auguste George Airport at Anegada has been re-opened following a minor accident on its runway. Photo: BVIAA
BEEF ISLAND, Tortola, VI - The Auguste George Airport at Anegada was yesterday, Friday, January 10, 2020, temporarily closed after a minor accident with an inbound aircraft at around 2:25 pm.

According to Acting Managing Director, Mr Clive Smith, “an Aero Commander aircraft was inbound to the Auguste George Airport from St. Thomas when one of its tires blew out on landing.”

He added that there were four passengers on board the aircraft along with the Pilot, however, there were no injuries sustained. 

"The Airport was closed temporarily as emergency personnel responded to the scene of the accident. The Airport Accident Investigation Board (AAIB) in the United Kingdom was also notified of the incident," a press release from the British Virgin Islands Airports Authority (BVIAA) said. 

According to the release, the Aircraft was removed from the runway and a complete assessment of the runway was performed by the Authoritys personnel. 

The airport re-opened and officially resumed operations at 4:00 pm on the same day.

11 Responses to “Airplane accident temporarily closes Anegada Airport”

  • S. Smith (11/01/2020, 11:09) Like (0) Dislike (10) Reply
    It seems at though there's a multitude of airport issues in the territory, if we are tourism based we cannot afford to close our airports for any reason.
  • NPC (11/01/2020, 12:40) Like (0) Dislike (16) Reply
    This a strip need closing permanently.. it's always something... Maybe it's time to consider Sea Plane transportation to this destination as a means of another and quicker option than the boats
    • True (11/01/2020, 13:10) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
      what are you talking about? You really have no clue as to what you are saying, its always something...where? This incident is the first in a very long time and was due to an aircraft landing hard and on older tires, nothing to do with the airport, as it reopened less than 2hrs later.
    • Mark (13/01/2020, 21:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Some of yall come from nowhere and do not even know anything about what you talking about. This airport has been here for many years and has been one of the safest in the world being that small.
  • @ NPC (11/01/2020, 13:03) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Your comment is nonsense
    Anegada is the safest of our airports. Long flat island ideal for even bigger
    Planes to land Do you even have an idea how much it cost to operate a seaplane ? And how difficult it is to land between the anchored yachts? How
    much it will cost to build a ramp and building? Think again!
  • @ s.smith (11/01/2020, 13:06) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    Just like your car get a flat when you least expect it airplanes get it too
    Nothing to do with our tourism
  • Charley Rose (11/01/2020, 16:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Sometimessome people do comment on matters that they have no idea what are the facts. It would have been better if the blogger had said that we should be thankful that there were no casualty an wish everyone well. From the facts reported it was a tyre of the aircraft that damaged and it had nothing to do with the airport itself.

    The late Neville Braithwaite and his sons flew to and from Anegada and I cannot recall any major accident on the airport for over thirty years and that include transporting government ministers and governors. Because the aircraft tyre damaged do you think that the airport should be closed. Absolutely no way.
  • asking for a friend (11/01/2020, 18:08) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Where is Bevis on the white horse?
  • Norm (11/01/2020, 22:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Stop the nonense and ignorant talk
  • Observer (13/01/2020, 08:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is the proper photo of what took place in the news ? All that is shown is an empty Air Port and a building.

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