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Apr 1, 2011

Tropic Air plane runs off runway

There hasn’t been a local plane accident since the tragic death of Sir Barry Bowen in February of last year, when his plane crashed near San Pedro. But this morning, a Tropic plane veneered off the runway of the Municipal Airstrip. On board were its pilot and seven passengers; luckily no one was injured. When the pilot tried to apply brakes, it failed and sent the seven-seater GA-8 aircraft careening off in the soft mud before it finally came to a halt off the airstrip’s runway.  The GA 8 is one of the company’s newer versions in its fleet.  It had just departed San Pedro at ten without any obvious mechanical problems.  Chief Executive Officer of Tropic Air, Steven Sholte, told News Five that Tropic Air is investigating when the plane was last serviced.

Steven Sholte, C.E.O., Tropic Air

“A seven seat aircraft experienced a brake problem when landing at municipal airport.  The pilot pulled over to the soft shoulder of the airstrip and the wheel of the aircraft was partially bogged down.  There were no injuries; the aircraft sustained only minor damage.  We’re preparing to ferry it to San Pedro for repairs.”

Marion Ali

“Now considering the frequency with which these aircrafts go through maintenance and repair, can you tell us a little bit about that—when was the last time and how this could have happened?”

Steven Sholte

“I don’t have the records on that yet and the aircraft’s maintenance is under investigation. Normally, the aircraft is serviced every evening. There are occasions when the aircraft remains in Punta Gorda overnight and we are checking to see if this aircraft was one of those that was held overnight in Punta Gorda or whether it was serviced last night here.”

Sholte said the airplane was commissioned about five years ago and it still has about fifteen to twenty more years of life before it is retired.  Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Department is conducting a separate investigation into the incident.

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8 Responses for “Tropic Air plane runs off runway”

  1. islander says:

    Tropic AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Come on Maya Air please have a screw up so that the authorities do not have to keep covering up for Tropic. Cause even the dumbest person can conclude that their is something wrong with Tropic’s maintainance crew cause they keep screwing up over and over and over and over.

  2. Earl Grey says:

    Maybe that’s why we Belizeans fly Maya…………….

  3. BDF soldier says:

    All the investigations in belize about anything finally come out to nothing,no one is held responsable,the powerfull rule in belize,if you u have the $$$$$$$$$ and u can hire one of those CRIMINALS WITH A LAW DEGREE AKA LAWYERS,you can get away with everything,its bee said that the justice system of every country is so CORRUPT,and this is true in belize,

  4. Zoe says:

    Tropic suck!!!! That’s why I fly Maya…

  5. Shakira Staines says:

    Maya is the way to go, Tropic Air has the most accidents than any company, i do not know how they are still operating that is why i travel Maya all the time.

  6. aaron says:

    every one makes an error i know this one is dangerous but no one is perfect and all of us know that.

  7. #teammaya says:

    Tropic Air…. AKA…. Traggic Air…..

  8. tropic airline of bze;) says:

    i am an employee at tropic air,i must say that we work really hard,so when u all disrespect the company…u are also disrespecting us and i don’t think we deserve that.maybe u should step in our shoes and see what we go tru we are very good at we do,which is giving good service and satisfying customers.and during the 30 years or service we came a long all i hv left to say is that u should support us to make thing better…..stop hating!!!!!!! cause i dont think u all could have done a better job,u probably wouldnt last a day…..

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