Two bodies in USVI plane crash found; pilot still missing

Pilot Kirby Hodge is still missing

The bodies of two persons who were reported missing when a plane went down in the United States Virgin Islands were found on Sunday.

The two have been tentatively identified as Rachel Hamilton and Darwin Carr. Officials say positive identifications will be given after an autopsy is done but physical characteristics match those of Car and Hamilton.

Pilot Kirby Hodge is still missing.

Government officials said the two bodies were found inside the plane which was discovered on Saturday lying upside down in 100 feet of water with one wing detached.

The doomed aircraft was found using radar coordinates provided by a U.S. Air Force Rescue Coordination Team in Florida and after an oil sheen was spotted one mile northeast of where the plane fell off the radar a week ago.

The plane crashed a little over five miles from the airport in St. Thomas on Saturday, October 13.

One survivor, Valerie Jackson, was rescued.

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10 Comments

  1. April 15, 2013

    I flew with that pilot, from st thomas to st croix in december 2009. just me and him. that plane scared me especially when he was turning to land. RIP SIR

  2. Yoland Jno Jules
    October 24, 2012

    It is sad but the body of my friend Dawin Caar was found now he can have a decent burial my sympathy to the others hope the pilot is safe some place.to my uncle John Benjamin hold on strong we are supporting Caar’s family may he rest in peace.i’ll be at the funeral if is in St.Croix

  3. awww
    October 23, 2012

    so sad my prayers go out to the family of the deceased and to Rose and son have courage and be strong

  4. care
    October 22, 2012

    correction Valerie Thompson survived Lord i pray for these families of the deceased and the missing of pilot kirby it is so sad

  5. Virgin Island/STX
    October 22, 2012

    Her dad is also from Marigot……….RIP

  6. Anonymous
    October 22, 2012

    Rachel Hamilton is the daughter of a Castle Bruce native.

  7. sigh
    October 22, 2012

    ohhhhh KIRBY.. PLEASE BE THE SECOND SURVIVOR

    • Anonymous
      October 31, 2012

      My heart is hurting so much right now. No words can explain how all of us are feeling. I know I speak on behalf of the whole AXA family and everyone else who knew him. Still praying for a miracle.

  8. diamond girl
    October 22, 2012

    hmmm. so sad!!!

  9. Anonymous
    October 22, 2012

    So so sad

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