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VG Pilot Alister Pereira among 3 reportedly killed in helicopter crash

-reports indicate the Robinson R66 helicopter went down @ Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge in Georgia, USA
Virgin Gorda Pilot Alister Pereira is among three persons reportedly killed in a helicopter crash, after their vehicle went down at the national wildlife preserve in Middle Georgia, USA on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. Photo: Facebook
The helicopter went down in the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge north of Macon at around 8:46 p.m. during cloudy, rainy weather after taking off from Thomasville. Photo: WSAV News
The helicopter went down in the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge north of Macon at around 8:46 p.m. during cloudy, rainy weather after taking off from Thomasville. Photo: WSAV News
MONTICELLO, Georgia, USA – Virgin Gorda Pilot Alister Pereira is among three persons reportedly killed in a helicopter crash, after their vehicle went down at the national wildlife preserve in Middle Georgia, USA on Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

Reports from the US’s National Transportation Safety Board indicated that Robinson R66 helicopter scattered debris over a path 125 feet long where two pilots and a passenger died.

The Associated Press reported that helicopter went down in the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge north of Macon at around 8:46 p.m. during cloudy, rainy weather after taking off from Thomasville. 

It was “pouring rain” in the area Wednesday evening when authorities said the helicopter went missing around 8:30 p.m., a woman who lives nearby told The Telegraph.

Helicopter was flying low - reports 

She said her husband heard a low-flying aircraft over their house and immediately felt like something was wrong.

After the crash, teams of people were searching on Thursday for the downed aircraft before authorities confirmed the death of the three persons. 

In the VI, tributes poured across social media as the news of Pereira’s death sent shockwaves among his family and friends.

Pereira, who also worked as a helicopter flight instructor, grew up in Spanish Town, VG and was well known in the VI’s aviation sector.

21 Responses to “VG Pilot Alister Pereira among 3 reportedly killed in helicopter crash”

  • ... (18/09/2021, 06:55) Like (24) Dislike (1) Reply
    oh my this is very sad RIP Power
  • Sigh (18/09/2021, 07:30) Like (30) Dislike (0) Reply
    Don't know you but RIP and i pray for healing for your family.
  • scat (18/09/2021, 08:25) Like (11) Dislike (3) Reply
    Rest In Peace. Praying
  • heartbroken (18/09/2021, 08:52) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    This news broke my heart. Alister was a really nice person. He spent the greater part of his life fulfilling his passion-flying helicopters. This was a dream since high school. Condolences to his family. He is gone but will never be forgotten.
  • Goodness (18/09/2021, 09:35) Like (21) Dislike (0) Reply
    This hurt my heart....He was my neighbor here in VG...knew him very well . Condolences to Nurse Pereira and family
  • Sorely Missed (18/09/2021, 09:54) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Alister was such a beautiful presence in this world. His soul has moved on, but he will always be with you. Please know we are thinking of his family especially his parents during this difficult time.
  • Jay (18/09/2021, 10:02) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    I went school with him here over on Virgin Gorda. He was one of the nicest souls you will ever meet. My heart is torn in pieces after I heard the tragic news a couple days ago. Condolences to your entire friends and family for you will sure be missed. RIP my friend.
  • Offering condolences (18/09/2021, 10:07) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    There are no right words to erase the pain that the family is feeling right now. Please know we the friends in VG are thinking of you at this time.
  • Dancing in the sunshine (18/09/2021, 10:23) Like (20) Dislike (1) Reply
    I am sadden to know that you have gone so soon. At your age you have done well. I know your parents and they should be proud of you. Your accomplishment should be an inspiration to other young men and women in the Territory. May your soul rest in eternal peace as you take your final flight to meet your Maker. Best wishes to the rest of your family. God bless.
  • musa (18/09/2021, 10:47) Like (10) Dislike (2) Reply
    Very sad our condolences for all affected and may the supreme lord blessings be on all the love families and friends during this period.
  • Mel Turnbull (18/09/2021, 10:47) Like (2) Dislike (45) Reply
    Obeah was involved. Helicopters just dont crash out of the blue. Let’s get the Christian council involved during our time of national prayer and cast off they craft that afflicted this poor young man.
    • general (18/09/2021, 15:43) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      You got to be the person who work it then!!
      Stfu!! You sound so stupid!!
    • Mitch (19/09/2021, 10:59) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Pops, stop it. Cast away them demons that holding u back.
    • nonsense (22/09/2021, 21:23) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yes, that's exactly what they do when they go wrong. I personally know more people that have died in helicopters than cars. Stop bringing nonsence into a tragic situation and pleas just give love, support and respects to the family.
  • Angel (18/09/2021, 11:05) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    So sad to see on the news.
    My condolences to all of the family in mourning at this time. I pray God will give you all strength to be strong for each other’s in this difficult times
  • Ghost (18/09/2021, 13:15) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is very sad news.. my condolences to your family and friends.. I Pray God’s Strength and Comfort for your hearts ..Loss is always so hard..
  • Sweetnessforlife (18/09/2021, 13:41) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is real sad, we went to the same school, this hits really hard mehn. To his family my condolences to you guys. Really sad
  • Condolences (18/09/2021, 16:36) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sending my condolences to this clearly motivated young man. Departed too soon. May he Rest In Peace and my thoughts to his family and friends.
  • A (18/09/2021, 17:16) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    RIP my bro, only Jah knows. Condolences to the family.
  • Olu (19/09/2021, 09:52) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
    Pray for God to give his entire family the fortitude to bear the loss.
  • rip (23/09/2021, 09:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Condolences to the family - sounds like he was a sweet young man. Stand strong VG family!


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