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No Injuries in Ambergris Cay Plane Mishap

Six people, including the pilot escaped physical injury on Saturday, when the small plane in which they were travelling landed on its belly, after the landing gear reportedly failed.

The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force said the incident took place at the Ambergris Cay Airport shortly after 3:30 p.m.

The plane, according to the police, is operated by local inter-island aviation company Caicos Express. Investigators reported that the Cessna 402 Aircraft ‘suffered an issue with its undercarriage as it landed on the runway, resulting in the aircraft landing on its belly'.

Commissioner of Police Trevor Botting said the police, as well as other relevant authorities have begun investigation into the incident.

"Following notification of this incident, normal procedures between the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, the Turks and Caicos Islands Civil Aviation Authority and the Airport Owner were followed,” Commissioner Botting said in a statement, adding that the United Kingdom aviation authorities have been informed of the incident, which he said will be investigated by that body.

“The UK Air Accident Investigations Branch (AAIB) was informed as a matter of normal practice. The circumstances of this incident will be investigated by the AAIB working with the Airline involved," he said.


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