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FedEx Pilot Miraculously Survives Plane Crash At Sea Near Saba

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THE BOTTOM, Saba — A Small Federal Express Cessna Caravan commercial delivery plane crash landed off the coast of Saba on Wedneday afternoon according to published reports.

The Small plane operated by FedEx was enroute from San Juan, Puerto Rico  to St.Kitts when the pilot indicated to the air traffic controllers at the Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport on St.Kitts that he was experiencing engine problems.

The FedEx pilot was forced to attempt to divert to neighboring islands of either St. Maarten or  Saba, but was apparently unable to make it to either. The plane crash landed in the waters between Saba and St. Kitts.

The St. Maarten coast guard reacted quickly to the incident and with the assistance of a nearby private yacht  were able to reach the wreckage in time to save the pilot of the small aircraft.

In October 2014 one man died after a small FedEx aircraft crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from Princess Juliana International Airport in Philipsburg.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 50 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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