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5 Names of People Who Died In Plane Crash At Henry Rohlsen Airport On Thursday Released

TRAGIC FLIGHT: Killed five people on St. Croix, including soca singer Kyle “Kylo” Sylvester of the Stylee Band and the pilot David Richardson of St. Thomas.

FREDERIKSTED — The Virgin Islands Department of Justice, Office of the Medical Examiner released the names of five men who died during a plane crash on St. Croix on Thursday night.

Federal and local authorities officially notified the nearest relatives of each of the five victims, allowing for the formal public release of the names of the dead:

  1. David Richardson, 49, of Estate Lovenlund, St. Thomas;
  2. Kyle Sylvester, 27, of Estate Whim, Frederiksted, St. Croix;
  3. Collin Williams, 30, of Hannah’s Rest, Frederiksted, St. Croix;
  4. Raheem Charlery, 24, of Frederiksted, St. Croix; and
  5. Jamal Soldiew, 30, of Frederiksted, St. Croix.

The plane crash occurred on December 7 at the Henry Rohlsen Airport.

All five people on board died.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Transportation Disaster Assistance Division, is conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the fatal crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed that Richardson was not licensed to fly a twin-engine aircraft like the one that crashed.

The crash occurred about 8:54 p.m. on Thursday, according to a statement the Port Authority issued on its Facebook page.

Eyewitnesses said that the airplane took off from the airport and soon after started experiencing engine problems, with flames coming from one of its two engines.

The pilot circled back and attempted to land at the airport, but the plane crashed in a field area near the runway, leaving all occupants dead corroborating an F.A.A. notice of the crash.

David Goodrich, commander of St. Croix Rescue’s extrication team, who was on the scene of the incident said that by the time they arrived to the area, there was nothing they could do.

Moments following the accident, the Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) cordoned off the east and west entrances of the airport, only allowing in first responders on the crash site.

The Virgin Islands Fire Services and other first responder agencies were already on the scene when a medical examiner vehicle was seen heading to the area.

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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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