The bodies of two Americans, a Dominican, and three others on one plane. Crashed in Haiti late Friday Restored due to the permanence of a group of missionaries and pilots from Jacmel in southeastern Haiti, one of the rescuers told the Miami Herald in an exclusive interview.
Andy Farrer, who led a search team for the wreckage of a plane registered in South Florida, said he found a broken plane after driving a steep mountain for seven hours and trekking on foot. After arriving at the scene on Saturday at 5 am, they recovered the bodies with the help of about 20 locals and took them to the nearby town of Petit Goab around 9 pm.
According to Farah, the recovery took place after local police decided it was too difficult to reach, abandoned the search, and a helicopter sent by the Civil Aviation Bureau was unable to land due to crosswinds from the approach. Stated. Tropical Cyclone Elsa. Volunteers, including a pilot driving on Land Rover, used a four-wheel drive vehicle to retrieve the bodies.
“Thank you [another] A group of missionaries and pilots from Jacmel arrived in the area in the afternoon and they were able to remove the bodies, “Faller said. “It was never an easy task.”
The aircraft leased to Kiskeya Airlines left Port-au-Prince on Friday at 6:57 pm and headed for Jacmel, which was scheduled to arrive at 7: 9 pm. Along the way, it crashed in the Leogan community in the Maturin region. , The countryside and mountains of Beausejour.
Other than confirming the crash, Haitian authorities have not provided details on how the plane registered with Citadelle Holdings LLC in Palmetto Bay, with a US registration number of N8694N, crashed.
“I flew on the same plane with the same pilot a few weeks ago,” Farrer said. “He told me he was a Venezuelans who had worked in Haiti for two years.”
Sources familiar with the crash confirmed to Herald that the pilot had a Venezuelan pilot license and an expired medical certificate. Haiti’s aviation authorities have not responded to inquiries from the Miami Herald regarding the eligibility of pilots to fly in Haiti.
Farah said interviews with three different witnesses helped shed light on the tragic accident. Young men, young women, and older men all told the same story without knowing what others had told them.
According to them, the plane entered the canyon and was flying too low.
“It was under the mountains on both sides. The plane seemed to be trying to climb, but it was struggling,” Farrer said. “The left wing sank, then the right wing, then the left wing, and then the right wing, not flying straight. The altitude began to rise, and suddenly the nose fell, a rocky cliff near the top of the canyon. It hit and went down about 200 feet, but a total of about 600 feet down. Then the top of the canyon.
“It rolled after the plane fell,” Faller said witnesses reported. “Witnesses also said that the American jumped off the plane before hitting the mountain side. The American was John Miller, and the way we found him makes sense.”
Miller, a Wisconsin evangelist, found that he “fallen a little away from the plane and lay down on some rocks.” Miller arrived in Haiti on Friday to support a medical mission sponsored by the Gospel. This is a Christian mission that has been active in Haiti since 2004.
According to Farrer, all but the Dominican passengers died instantly.
“The Dominican youth was still alive and could say’yes’, but died shortly after he said it,” Farah said.
Trent Hostel, 35, the gospel administrator to Haiti, based in the mountains of Petit Goab, was still the only person on a broken aircraft, Farah said.
Pilots familiar with the mountains of Haiti, based on the explanation, either had an engine problem, were trying to drop an airplane somewhere in a steep valley, or made a mistake in where they should land. He said he seemed to be trying to climb when he realized his mistake. Haiti’s aviation authorities said the investigation was underway.
“I’m still trying to handle it all, I just don’t feel it,” Farrer said. “The plane was broken when we got to the wreckage.”
Farah, part of another missionary group in the region, the Christian Witness Mission, said he learned from a WhatsApp message group that missionaries working in Haiti had disappeared from his friend Hostel.
“His wife posted a message asking if anyone could try to find a torrent,” Farrer said. In another group, people began sharing the message that there were rumors that the plane crashed.
After confirming the crash and confirming that the hostel (35 years old) and Miller (43 years old) were on board, Farah said he had gone out. He was joined by two other missionaries, Trevor Byers and Brian Beachy. They gathered a team of locals to help with the search.
After talking to a local ambulance company, a voluntary search team learned that the plane was in an unreachable mountainous region of Haiti, just outside the capital. Farah found someone who knew where the plane had landed and, with the help of another local Haitian, headed for a steep mountain road.It was 10:30 pm
“We arrived as far as you could drive, and the police just arrived. We left on foot and finally arrived at the top of the canyon where the plane crashed at 5 am,” he said. Told. “I was worried about the approaching hurricane and found another road that was easy to reach the site and could be reached by dirt bike.
“Brian Beache returned to where we left the car and couldn’t get it off the road when it started to rain, so he decided to drive the car back and forth and as far as possible on the other roads. I did, “he said.
“The police who were with us decided it was too difficult to get to the scene and they left us too,” Farrer said.
They waited until sunset before sending the team from the canyon to the plane.
“We confirmed that Trent and John were on the plane and there were no survivors,” he said.
He headed to Haiti as a Category 1 hurricane, but it seemed impossible to retrieve his body before Elsa, who was later downgraded to a tropical cyclone, arrived. According to Farah, there was another group of missionaries and locals trying to reach the team using the same path, but they had to turn around.
After organizing a group of locals in the area, he said, “With their help, we removed the bodies from the wreckage and from the canyon.”