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Nov 17, 2017

Company Disclaims Responsibility for Accident

As personnel from the Civil Aviation Department and Belize Airports Authority began their investigation into the incident, the management of Tropic Air and the Government of Belize issued separate releases on the mishap. According to the airline company, the aircraft clipped a vehicle at the end of the runway as it was taking off, which caused the plane to lose airspeed and the pilot had to force land in the water. The release confirms that seven passengers and crew members, including the pilot and three Tropic Air staff on board, at the time, are all safe. The airline company reaffirms that the Belize Airports Authority had placed barriers and signage in place at the Placencia Airstrip to prevent such an occurrence.  Investigation aside, the release says it “maintains as its primary focus the safe and expeditious transport of its customers. Tropic Air continues to meet and exceed all industry standards. Tropic recently completed its third ISSA audit in accordance with International Air Transport Association standards.” It ends by saying that “this incident was in no way a reflection of Tropic Air’s operational, maintenance or business practices.”

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