Archive for April 3rd, 2008

20 Feared Dead In Suriname Plane Crash

According to the first news 20 people including two pilots – one of them a woman died in a serious accident in Suriname, South America.

The plane was about to land in Benzdorp – that is famous for gold mining – when during approach they noticed another plane on the runway. they immediately started a maneuver to take off again, but the plane flew too low by that time and it could not gain enough power, hit a tree and exploded mid-air. Miners and local villagers rushed to the crash scene to rescue possible survivors.

“Probably there are no survivors” – said John Veira, head of local National Aviation Department. “we received information on the crash around 11 local time. The plane was supposed to land at 11.00 am, but plunged into a forest” – he added.

The Antonov-28 aircraft belonged to Suriname’s Blue Wing Airlines. It took off from Paramaribo, the capital of Suriname.

Blue Wing AirlinesThe airline was founded in 2004 and it operates flights from its hub Paramaribo to some Caribbean destinations. It was on the list of airlines banned from the EU, butit was removed on November 28, 2007. Its fleet consists of 4 Antonov-28s. The airline’s website is available in English and Dutch. Its design somewhat resembles KLM’s with the same blue corporate color and a swan in their logo. The website show no information about the crash at the moment.

By Szafi

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