Brac plane crash electrical
(CNS): UK officials have said that a plane crash on Cayman Brac last year was probably down to an electrical failure which drove the Cessna 210 aircraft off its original course and ultimately to its demise when it attempted an emergency landing on a remote road. The details of the accident are revealed in a newly published report by the Air Accident Investigation Branch, which indicates that Cayman was never the plane’s intended destination. The crash investigators concluded that the pilots were taking significant risks during the flight that both would have been well aware of but the accident report does not speculate on the reasons why the pilots placed themselves in danger.
Although neither the RCIPS nor the new report have gone into the details of what the pilots were doing, the implication has always been that the men were likely involved in an illegal drug operation. However, in the wake of the report’s publication, the RCIPS confirmed again that no cargo other than the fuel tanks had ever been recovered by investigating officers who arrived on the scene shortly after the crash.
According to the AAIB report, the aircraft’s probable electrical failure prevented the use of a modified fuel system intended to provide additional range for the aircraft and also drove the pilots off their intended flight path.
“The aircraft then deviated from its original flight path, possibly because the crew intended to divert to Cuba, and its track passed over Cayman Brac. Evidence indicates that the pilot attempted to land on a road. The aircraft was destroyed when it encountered obstacles, including poles, beside the road. The manner of operation of this aircraft, including extended flights over water and the modified fuel system, introduced risks to the flight of which the crew must have been aware,” the investigators stated.
The small plane crashed about 10 miles north of the airport in the evening of Sunday 13 November. At the time, local police as well as fire and rescue officers who attended the scene found no hope of survivors and sealed off the crash site. Both Jose Santos Castaneda Castrejon, age 35, a Mexican national,and Fernando Duran Garcia, age 56, who was Colombian, were killed in the smash as a result of blunt force trauma.
It is estimated by officials that emergency service personnel were on the scene some eight minutes after the crash was reported by an off-duty police officer. Then, once the site was secured, RCIPS investigators, including CID and DSCTF officers, the Joint Intelligence Unit and the Air Operations Unit, all worked alongside the AAIB inspectors to investigate the crash.
“It was clear early on in the investigation that the flight this aircraft was embarked on was not in accordance with the international rules of aviation or the subject of any official flight planning,” the RCIPS stated in connection with the incident.
The crash investigators analysed the tracks of the aircraft from GPS units found on the aircraft, which showed that the planned route was from Mexico into Venezuela. The investigation revealed that in the weeks prior to the crash the pilots had made long distance flights from Central America into Venezuela, returning into unrecognized landing sites in Guatemala, Belize and Mexico.
“At no time was there any evidence that previous or intended routes included the Cayman Islands, or passing close to the Islands ... As both pilots died instantly, it will always be a matter of conjecture the reason for the deviation, and indeed the purpose of the flight,” the police stated.
RCIPS Air Operations Commander Steve Fitzgerald said the men were both commercial pilots.
“They would have been fully aware of the International requirements of flight planning and the risks associated with unauthorised fuel modifications, together with flying a single engine aircraft over a 1,000 miles over sea and at night. The addition into the cabin of plastic open fuel containers is an incredible risk that both pilots must have been aware of,” he added.
See full crash report here
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