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Hummingbird Air Flying From St. Croix Again After Six Month Layoff

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FREDERIKSTED — St. Croix-based Hummingbird Air has wings again.

The small commuter airline based at Henry E. Rohlsen Airport was forced to suspend flights in November following a string of incidents involving its fleet of Beech C-99s.

Hummingbird Air president Samuel Raphael says that his airline will be flying from St. Croix to Douglas-Charles Airport in Dominica and from St. Croix to Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport in St. Kitts.

Additional round-trip destinations are expected to be announced later this summer, Raphael added.

Hummingbird Air said it has made changes to management and operations to improve efficiency and that its pilots have undergone retraining since it shut down voluntarily last year.

Hummingbird Air crash landed in St. Lucia on November 8, 2015. One of its planes crashed landed at Barbuda Codrington Airport on August 17, 2015.

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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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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 40 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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