4 dead after medical plane crashes in CaribbeanAgence France-Presse
POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe – Four people died when their medical evacuation plane plunged into the Caribbean shortly after taking off from the Franco-Dutch island of Saint Martin, the health ministry said Saturday.
A sick Greek Cypriot tourist, the pilot, a doctor and a nurse, all French, were on board the small plane when it crashed before dawn, five minutes after take-off.
The sick man had been transferred to the French part of the island after a plane on the Dutch side could not take off because of technical problems.
A witness said that when another plane took off from the French part of the island, it flew “unusually low” before plunging into the water.
The ministry said in a statement that the cause of the crash was under investigation.