Rescue teams have found wreckage of the single engine aircraft that crashed into the sea on leaving Dominica’s Douglas Charles Airport last Sunday night, but have so far been unsuccessful in locating the bodies of any of the four people who were on board the ill-fated flight.
Local fishermen, who are assisting in the rescue operations, showed reporters the landing gear of the Piper F-OGKO aircraft that was carrying the unidentified people, including the two pilots, when it plunged into the sea at around 6:43pm local time.
Earlier, the chief executive officer of the Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority, Benoit Bardouille, speaking on the state-owned DBS radio, said a bag and a passport had been found and that the rescue teams had intensified their search in the waters in Marigot.
He said: “Four souls are on that aircraft. What we are doing earnestly is to try to see how we can find the aircraft and the four souls that were on board. We are hopeful that's of something since the aircraft may not have gone too far away from the airport.
French authorities reported that the aircraft had carried the people to Dominica for a day long visit organised by the Ailes de Guadeloupe club and that the weather conditions were excellent at the time of the incident.