Tropic Air Cessna 208B Caravan was significantly damaged, and one passenger
seriously injured, after a loss of control during takeoff from Belize
on March 9.
specific details are available at this time. But the US National Transportation
Safety Board (NTSB) in a preliminary report says the 13-seat aircraft operating
as Tropic Air flight 2110 en route to San Pedro, Belize, experienced a loss of
control “following an inflight
encounter with weather” during initial climb from Belize municipal airport.
agency notes that “visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a visual
flight rules (VFR) flight plan was filed for the scheduled domestic passenger
addition to one seriously injured passenger, seven sustained minor injuries.
The pilot and five other passengers escaped unharmed.
aircraft, registration V3-HFW, was “substantially” damaged, says the NTSB.
to Avsoft’s ACAS database, the aircraft was built in
1999 and is one of seven Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-powered Cessna 208Bs
owned by the carrier.