The United States Coast Guard has reported that one person was found but three remain missing after a small plane crashed in the US Virgin Islands on Saturday morning.
Reports are that the plane went down just eight miles (13 kilometres) south of the airport in St. Thomas.
Rescued was Valerie Jackson, according to the Coast Guard. She was fished out of the water at about 2:00 pm on Saturday. She told rescue personnel that there were three additional passengers on the plane.
Reports are that the plane had been delivering newspapers to the island of St. Croix and was returning to St. Thomas after picking the passengers.
The pilot of the plane has been identified as Kirby Hodge.
Hodge is said to be a well-known businessman from Anguilla who owns Rainbow International Airlines which is responsible for air evacuation in the region.
Capt. Drew Pearson, US Coast Guard Sector San Juan commander said the search will continue “as long as it is safe for our rescue crews to operate in the area as we continue to monitor the passing of Tropical Storm Rafael.”
A source told DNO on Saturday night that the search has been called off because of weather conditions associated with the storm.
Reports that all passengers on the plane were found have been proven false.
Just one week ago an aircraft crashed at the V.C. Bird International Airport in Antigua killing three persons including the pilot.