Dominica: Pilot And Passenger Survive Crash

(CMC) – A small single engine Cessna aircraft crashed on take-off at the Canefield Airport just on the outskirts of the capital on Wednesday, but the pilot and his wife, escaped unhurt.

“I was taking off and got pushed by the sheer winds…but we are all okay,” said the pilot, who did not identify himself to reporters.

The Canefield Airport, situated on the west coast of the island was officially opened in 1982.  It is one of only two airports in the island, with the other being the Douglas Charles Airport on the northeast coast of Dominica.

The authorities have since launched an investigation into the incident.

In July, 2011, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said his administration had no plans to re-open the Canefield Airport to commercial traffic because it is not economical.

“Every dollar we make at the airport, we are spending 25, so it is not a viable enterprise. I think eventually the people of Dominica will have to take a decision on it as to whether we continue to have it as an airport or some other facility,” Skerrit said then adding “at the end of the day you have to take a responsible decision of the contribution of the Canefield Airport.”

Dominica is currently building an international airport on the island’s north-east coast.