UPDATE: One found, three still missing in Virgin Islands plane crash

Kirby Hodge. (Photo courtesy The Anguillian Newspaper)

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.

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  1. monica
    October 21, 2012

    Sad news :( from the AVIS again today 10/21/12, but like I said Kirby you are a kind man, and I will not be typing like you have past I am still keeping hope and my prayers to the Lord will be answered. I have yet to believe you are gone so where ever you are send some joy to ours hearts, your familys, friends and people who cares.

  2. Grids
    October 19, 2012

    I knew Kirby and I feel really saddened by this news.

  3. Vi solder
    October 16, 2012

    KIRBY GONE BUT WON’T BE FORGOTEN WAS REALLY IN SHOCK WHEN I HEARD THAT NEWS. Saturday night at 830 when the coast guard came back to refill I was hoping that u were on board but today after four days they ain’t find u I really want to say to u RIP GONE BUT WON’T BE FORGOTTEN


  4. Charles Family
    October 16, 2012

    Hi Auntie Ramona … We are praying for you and family . Jesus is in the midst of the storm and we are not giving up hope until all possible channels has been explored .Draw Your Strength From GOD!!. Love You
    Gertrude Bannis Charles & Family

  5. Anonymous
    October 15, 2012

    My prayers are with you kirby. I do hope you keep on holding on until rescue comes the lord has not forsake you you have to much of a big heart. My fiance(reO) and myself is keeping hope alive still that the lord will bring help to you.

  6. Tri-State Beauty
    October 15, 2012

    Truly tragic but holding out hope that the missing persons will be found alive.

  7. Harolda
    October 15, 2012

    Thank God “Cookie” Valarie made it. I know it’s still hard for Vernie, but I pray that you, Sisco, Lenny and Dwayne find strength in God. Aunty Ramona,this is another of Satan’s techniques, but don’t give up on God for He won’t give up on you. Jesus never fails.

  8. Yoland Jno Jules
    October 15, 2012

    It is so sad I had a best friend on that flight He was not a Dominican He was from WashingtonDC but leaves in St Croix,and Has Buisness in St Thomas and he loved Dominica he use to come by my home in Vieille Case he was one of the best Lawyers in the Virgin Island His name is Darren Caar he was not found but i know he is a strong sweamer. so if he did not get any bad blow from the crash he might be there some wheare i hope he is still safe on some piece of land Glen Ducreay and Jofreey Latange u know him well when he come top DA he always ask for those two lawyers.if he dead may his soul rest in peace.he has a 3 year old son he lefi in care of my uncle before he went on that plane.i am so sad.

  9. D/can Citizen
    October 15, 2012

    I thank God for spared life. This could be far worse and I really have to thank for in this situation as the bible encourages us to give thanks IN ALL THINGS”

  10. Justice and Truth
    October 14, 2012

    I hope that they are found alive and well.

    • Anonymous
      October 15, 2012

      I pray that the lord returns kirby and the other two missing persons safely back to their family who is hopefully waiting. That could have been the day my fiance or myself decided to travel with you. Our thoughts are with you and hope you can keep holding on until you found. I’M still keep faith…

  11. Konspiracy
    October 14, 2012

    Let the PM handle dis

  12. Real Dominican
    October 14, 2012

    Hope you are found alive my friend.

  13. Dorival John
    October 14, 2012

    LMAO….at the people who giving the St. Martin News Network link which turned out to be completely false. That website has been publishing the wrong info since the incident came to light.

    Thanks DNO for sticking to the facts and not on hearsay like St. Martin News Network.

    Nuff respect Admin.

    • k
      October 14, 2012

      why are you laughing your a@$ off? I don’t see the joke. Jack!

      • Dorival John
        October 14, 2012

        That is because you are an idiot….can’t you read?

      • DOMINICA
        October 14, 2012

        This not laughing, just writing the truth.

    • Rubber on De road
      October 14, 2012

      Heartless Go ahead and Apologize. !

  14. concerned
    October 14, 2012

    May his soul rest in peace!!!

    • Soldier
      October 14, 2012

      Know something no one else knows about? They didn’t confirm anyone’s dead!!!!

  15. firstlady
    October 14, 2012

    God bless y heart, u are here as a miralce from God he left u here to do his work, what a story of confession u have to do for God by spread his work How Great Thou At.

    • Justice and Truth
      October 14, 2012

      ‘miracle’. How Great Thou ‘Art’.

  16. lydia
    October 14, 2012

    My heart goes out to the Hodge family. no way to face such grief. keep strong and lets pray that they recover the bodies so the families can get closure. God be with you all.

    • Shadow
      October 14, 2012

      Lydia, where in the world are you? Your cosin from france. If you feel safe send me a contact number. Take care God bless.

  17. Citizen
    October 13, 2012

    Another handsome pilot,

  18. Attitude
    October 13, 2012

    What about the pilot? Is he one of the missing persons?

  19. nbd
    October 13, 2012


  20. ahhh
    October 13, 2012

    This is all in God’s hand

  21. Anonymous
    October 13, 2012

    my heart goes out to the families.

  22. miss LOVE
    October 13, 2012

    AWWW SO SAD :cry:

  23. Allan
    October 13, 2012

    just to say that on crashed in guadeloupe killing the pilot

    • Anonymous
      October 15, 2012

      your lieing person :twisted:

  24. Free Thinker
    October 13, 2012

    Sorry to hear of this….another piece of bad news for air travel………….I pray for strength for the affected families.

  25. D/A guy
    October 13, 2012

    my heart gos out to the familys of this people its so sad we in antigua just had one lest week killing 3 people God will take care and keep you all my love to all

  26. Anonymous
    October 13, 2012

    Sad news, such a cute man eh!!

  27. Anonymous
    October 13, 2012
  28. Befilia
    October 13, 2012

    it’s so sad, sorry to hear dat
    I extend my condolences to the families of the victims

  29. DAone
    October 13, 2012

    Just read that all these people have been found alive. Thank god!

  30. ella
    October 13, 2012

    am affraid to back st.croix. i am in st.thomas for the weekend

    • Justice and Truth
      October 14, 2012

      You are afraid to go back to St. Croix? The best thing you can do is to pray to God and ask him for protection and safe flight back. Whenever I travel, I pray. In fact, wherever I go to, as I go on my way, I pray for God’s protection. Then, I leave everything up to him. When I arrive at my destination and back, I thank God.
      Just keep praying and fear not. Ensure that you worship God, go to church and perform works of love and mercy in Jesus Name. When you return home, thank God. It is, pray for protection and then thanks and appreciation.
      … In his hands he’s got the whole world in his hands …

  31. strange
    October 13, 2012

    sad to read. may their souls rest in peace

    October 13, 2012


  33. @$cafee
    October 13, 2012

    so sad

  34. cuzo
    October 13, 2012
  35. cuzo
    October 13, 2012


  36. Jail-corrupt-leaders
    October 13, 2012

    Good luck with that night flying nonsense in Dominica

  37. Aviator
    October 13, 2012

    Again a very nice man leaving too early. Rest in peace kirby

  38. me
    October 13, 2012
    • MUDD
      October 15, 2012

      You cannot read SORT. Did the news say all was safe or they were alive from excited the aircraft but only one rescued. Black people just don’t like read. Read people read and understand.

  39. B.E.B
    October 13, 2012

    One of the passengers was a female, her father from Marigot and her mum from Casle Bruce, a sad situation

  40. SXM
    October 13, 2012


  41. Aye Dominique
    October 13, 2012

    Sad sad sad, God comfort the families of the victims. I hope the missing ones are found alive and well, we can only hope and pray…..

  42. silent..
    October 13, 2012

    hmmm dat sso not true no one is dead n persons were recovered safely in a life raft while the pilot swam to a near by key!


  43. da
    October 13, 2012

    Very sad ….my.heart goes out to the families

  44. ME SELF!!!
    October 13, 2012

    update: none dead all found alive.Praise be to God

  45. Really?
    October 13, 2012
  46. gaza princess
    October 13, 2012

    hope they find the other three people and that’s really sad about kirby may his soul rest in peace

  47. Really?
    October 13, 2012

    “additional bodies”?……Missing does not equal dead! #ResponsibleJournalism

    Our prayers are with those who may still be alive….and the family of the deceased.

  48. October 13, 2012

    sad new :cry:

    • October 13, 2012

      sad news sorry :cry:

  49. Cuzo
    October 13, 2012
  50. M
    October 13, 2012

    Another Plane crashhh what is that nuh :?: :cry:

  51. Anonymous
    October 13, 2012
  52. Anonymous
    October 13, 2012

    DANO…check smn-news.com or contact Anguilla authorities. Apparently they have all been found floating on a raft.

  53. Konspiracy
    October 13, 2012


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