The United Kingdom will be investigating the fatal plane crash which killed a pilot at the Terrance B Lettsome International Airport on Beef Island last Wednesday, July 18.
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said it is deploying a team to the BVI to conduct the probe.
The AAIB did not say when the team will arrive in the BVI.
Detailing the cause of how it conducts probes, the AAIB said: “For a field investigation, typically we send a small team of inspectors (at least two) selected from these disciplines to the accident site or to the location of the aircraft following a serious incident.”
“Our inspectors’ priority is to document and preserve evidence to try to understand the initial circumstances of the accident. They examine the physical evidence including both the aircraft and details such as ground marks and collecting fuel samples, and talk to witnesses while their recollection is still fresh. During the site phase, our inspectors also gather information that might not be located at the accident scene, such as training records, flight plans, aircraft logs or maintenance records,” it added.
The deceased pilot, whose name has not been released, died moments after his aircraft crash-landed in a body of water near the airport.
He was reportedly departing the airport when the accident happened.
Local emergency services personnel responded at the scene and pronounced him dead minutes before 6 o’clock on Wednesday afternoon, July 18.