TROPIC AIR CESSNA CARAVAN DITCHES IN SEA EN ROUTE TO THE CAYES A Tropic Air Cessna Grand Caravan with 13 passengers aboard crashed around 5:30 pm Wednesday, March 9, just seconds after leaving the municipal airstrip in Belize City, reportedly in a squall. No one was seriously injured, according to Alvaro Rosado, administrator of Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City. Six passengers were admitted to the hospital but were ambulatory, said Rosado in an e-mail. He said he was contacted at 5:50 p.m. about the crash. Tropic Air flight 515 was enroute to Caye Caulker and San Pedro (Ambergris Caye). The Belize municipal airstrip, used only for domestic flights, is located right on the seashore. In late December 2002 another Tropic Air Caravan ditched in the sea on approach to San Pedro. There also were 13 passengers aboard that flight. Several passengers were injured, but there were no fatalities. Tropic Air claimed it was an emergency landing. In March 2004 a four-year-old Tropic Cessna Grand Caravan was ditched near Punta Gorda -- no passengers on board, no fatalities. The airline was founded in 1979 in San Pedro by an American expat.