Aircraft accident investigators from the United Kingdom arrived in Cayman Brac on Wednesday morning to begin their investigation of Sunday’s fatal plane crash.
The two investigators are from the UK’s Air Accident Investigation Branch, the agency responsible for looking into aircraft incidents in Britain and recommending safety procedures following any accidents.
“We have a memorandum of understanding with the Cayman Islands and tend to investigate aircraft accidents there,” said Ben Clifton with the AAIB, speaking on the telephone from London.
Mr. Clifton said he was unaware of when the last time the UK Air Accident Investigation Branch was in the Cayman Islands to look into a deadly plane crash.
In 1985, Cayman Islands resident Dwayne Bodden was killed in a small plane crash on Cayman Brac shortly after takeoff. It was believed to be the last fatal aircraft incident to occur here.
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service is continuing to search the area around the crash site as part of the investigation into the Cessna 210 crash. The plane went down Sunday shortly after 11pm after clipping two telephone poles along Booby Bird Road and spinning off into the bush.
It was still unclear at press time Wednesday whether the single-engine aircraft was intending to land on the paved road or was forced down because of mechanical problems. Police said there were at least 10, 60-litre fuel tanks being carried on board the plane.
No drugs or other contraband were found following searches of the crash site Tuesday, according to RCIPS Superintendent Kurt Walton.
The aircraft had no known flight path registered and Cayman Brac’s Gerard Smith International Airport was closed at the time the aircraft came in, airports authority officials confirmed.
Police are contacting Mexican and Colombian consulates in attempts to trace the two crash victims’ next of kin. The bodies of the two men will be transported to Grand Cayman later in the week.