Published 3rd January 2023
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Turks and Caicos: Search and rescue on following aircraft incident
Officers of the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, along with officials from the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies, the Fire Department, and Emergency Services are currently engaged in a search and rescue operation off the coast of Grand Turk.
This operation is being supported by Air Support from the US Coastguard and Customs and Border Protection.
Preliminary reports received state at 11.40 am on January 3, a call was placed to the 911 Operations Center stating a flight originating from St Kitts with four persons crashed 17 miles south-east of the Airport.
This remains an ongoing operation.
Meanwhile, The Turks and Caicos Islands Airports Authority (TCIAA) in a separate statement said at 11:20 am, a small private aircraft en route from St Kitts to Providenciales with four (4) souls onboard reported difficulties in the vicinity of Grand Turk.
The TCIAA activated a response protocol and there is currently a search and rescue operation underway supported by the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, key local agencies inclusive of the boating community as well as local and international enforcement.
“At this time our focus is on the safety of the pilot and passengers.”
The TCIAA will update the public in a subsequent release once information has been confirmed