Authorities continued their search of the area of Sunday night’s fatal plane crash in Cayman Brac from daybreak on Tuesday trying to find debris or contents from the aircraft.
They searched the rugged bush on the Bluff where the single-engine Cessna 210 crashed around 11pm on Sunday, 14 November, killing the pilot and one passenger.
Royal Cayman Islands Police Service officers are trying to determine what the plane, which had not filed an official flight plan, was doing on Cayman Brac.
“No drugs were found. We cannot speculate at this time as to why the plane was in our jurisdiction,” said Police Superintendent Kurt Walton. “However, a full investigation is underway looking into all the circumstances.
“The RCIPS is engaged in scene preservation and officers commenced a full search of the area, supported by customs colleagues, at 6am [Tuesday] morning,” he said.
Two men, one from Mexico and the other from Colombia, were killed when the light aircraft crashed after hitting two electricity poles, while possibly attempting to land on the paved Booby Bird Drive in the Bluff Edge Estates on the Bluff.
Residents on the eastern end of the Brac said they heard the plane circling late Sunday before it came down.
Police said they were in the process of determining the next of kin before releasing the names of the two men who died in the crash. Investigators from the United Kingdom’s Air Accident Investigation Branch are due to arrive on the Brac on Wednesday morning to take over the crash site investigation.
The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch is part of the Department for Transport and is responsible for investigating civil aircraft accidents and serious incidents within the UK and its territories.
Jeremy Jackson, CEO of the Cayman Islands Airports Authority, said the team from Britain was due to arrive in Cayman on Tuesday. Police said the team would then fly to Cayman Brac the following morning to begin their investigation.
Until the team from the UK take over, the Cayman Islands Airports Authority had no further comment to make on the incident, Mr. Jackson said.
A spokesman for the UK’s Department for Transport said: “The pair of inspectors will begin their investigation as soon as they arrive. As far as how long they will take or how long they will be there, it depends on the investigation.”
On Monday, police confirmed they did not know where the plane, which had Mexican markings, had begun its ill-fated flight.
Upon searching the crash site Monday, police found 10, 60-litre fuel containers, some of which still had fuel in them.
Glenn Robertson, who lives in the one house that has been built in the Bluff Edge Estates subdivision, said police and fire search crews at the crash site had recovered the pilot’s body from inside the aircraft and found the second man’s body near plane a short while later.
“The front of the plane is demolished, but the back of it is intact still,” said Mr. Robertson, whose home is about quarter of a mile from the crash site. “The debris is all quite close by in the bushes. It’s all pretty contained in one place,” he said.
Jonathan Tibbetts, general manager of Cayman Brac Power and Light, said two of the company’s power poles had been struck by the plane.
“One pole was essentially cut in half, about 15 feet is missing from the top of it and it’s badly splintered. With the other one, it seems maybe the wing hit the front pole and took a chunk out of it and then the second one was shattered,” he said, adding, “It would have had to take a serious impact to do that.”
He said the right wing of the plane was ripped off and was found about 100 feet from the main body of the aircraft.