St GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC –Two people were rescued after a Venezuelan registered aircraft crashed 14 miles off the coast of Grenada, the Office of the Prime Minister reported Friday.
A statement posted on the Office of the Prime Minister Facebook page, said that the air traffic control at the Maurice Bishop International Airport (MBIA) had earlier on Friday received a distress call alerting of engine failure of a Piper aircraft en route from Margarita to Grenada.
It said that while the pilot’s request for an emergency landing at the MBIA had been approved “regrettably, the aircraft subsequently crashed approximately 14 miles off the coast of Grenada.
“This turn of events prompted the activation of the Grenada Airport Authority Emergency Response Plan and consequently, an immediate response from the Coast Guard and the Grenada Ports Authority, resulting in the successful rescue of the two occupants.”
The statement said that Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell, who is also the Minister of National Security, “commended all parties for their quick action, which resulted in the successful rescue of the persons on board by the Grenada Coast Guard”.
Among the agencies that participated in the search was the Barbados-based Regional Security System (RSS), the Trinidad & and Tobago Rescue Coordination Center, American Airlines, and SVG Air, the statement said.
The statement gave no other details regarding the incident except to state that the “aircraft is registered to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela” and that additional information will be shared as soon as it becomes available”.