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Belize gov't ministers escape injury in plane crash

Monday, November 20, 2017

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BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) — Two government ministers, including the acting Prime Minister Patrick Faber, escaped unhurt after the plane in which they were travelling over the weekend crashed in Placencia.

In a statement, the Government of Belize Press Office noted that Faber and the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment and Sustainable Development and Immigration Godwin Hulse were enroute to Punta Gorda Town via a Tropic Air flight last Friday.

“Upon take off from the Placencia Airstrip, the left landing wheel made contact with a passing vehicle that had managed to bypass one of the lowered barriers. The impact caused the Tropic Air …to plunge into the sea right off the coast of Placencia not far from the airstrip,” the statement noted.

It said that a rescue team was sent out and all passengers on board the plane, including the pilot, were transported safely back to land.

“Preliminarily, there are no reports of any sustained injuries,” the statement noted.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow is due to return here on Tuesday following a brief visit to the United States on “a personal visit”.

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