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Seaborne flight averts crash with emergency landing in St. Croix

- Company says Pilots identified a technical issue with the plane
A Seaborne Airlines seaplane that left St. Thomas for St. Croix this afternoon, Wednesday, December 12, 2018, landed safely on St. Croix after Pilots identified a technical issue with the plane. Photo: VI Consortium
VI CONSORTIUM

ST. CROIX, USVI — A Seaborne Airlines seaplane that left St. Thomas for St. Croix this afternoon, Wednesday, December 12, 2018, landed safely on St. Croix after Pilots identified a technical issue with the plane, Seaborne Airlines told The Consortium in a statement today.

“This afternoon, as Seaborne Airlines flight #174 travelling from St. Thomas to St. Croix was approaching St. Croix, the crew received an indication of a possible technical issue and following proper and standard safety procedures, conducted a safe landing in St. Croix without incident,” Seaborne said in the statement.

On the phone, a Seaborne representative said the plane had landed on the sea in St. Croix after one of the plane’s two engines failed, and that it was guided to safety by a boat.

USVIPD Personnel on board

Silver Airways Director of Communications Misty Stoller said the company was in the process of confirming more details. Silver Airways purchased Seaborne Airlines earlier this year.

The flight left St. Thomas sometime in the afternoon and was said to include a number of USVIPD personnel, among others. Seaborne said 11 passengers were on the flight, along with two pilots.

Earlier Wednesday, Seaborne said it was making a significant investment and commitment to the Caribbean and U.S. Virgin Islands by adding over 240 per cent more capacity, including up to 29 more weekly departures, which is nearly 1,000 additional seats.

The airline also said it would be adding a second seaplane to its operation.

4 Responses to “Seaborne flight averts crash with emergency landing in St. Croix ”

  • jah (19/12/2018, 22:22) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank God even one is safe
  • rock city (20/12/2018, 09:17) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    THOES PLANES ARE ALWAYS IN THINGS
  • Gwen (20/12/2018, 09:38) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good pilot skills made a safe landing thank goodness.
  • non news (20/12/2018, 13:43) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Come on now. a tragedy averted? These planes are more than capable of flying on one engine. The pilots only need to follow the single engine ops procedure. Good pilots for sure but it was not that big a deal. I have personally had an engine failure on departure and in flight and its not a big deal unless the darn thing is on fire.


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