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TWIN BEECH CRASHES AT AIRPORT

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A small twin-engine Beech cargo plane crashed at 5:58 p.m. Friday as it attempted to land at the Cyril E. King Airport. There were no major injuries.
Two people were aboard, the pilot and co-pilot. The co-pilot, who was not identified, sustained minor lacerations to the head. He refused treatment, according to Shirley L. Smith, spokesperson for the V.I. Port Authority.
Smith said the pilot, Melvin Rivera, was not injured. Both the pilot and co-pilot were from Puerto Rico.
The aircraft, which is owned by Tol Air of Puerto Rico, had damage to the nose, propellers and tail.
The flight into St. Thomas originated on St. Croix.
Smith could not say what caused the pilot to lose control of the twin-engine plane. She said that would be up to the FAA or the National Transportation Safety Board to determine.
The runway was closed immediately after the crash at 5:58 p.m. and reopened at 6:29 p.m.
Attempts to reach Tol Air in Puerto Rico were unsuccessful as of publication.

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