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Wings of Hope Pilot Dodges Dog and Crash Lands #511166
01/29/16 05:12 AM
01/29/16 05:12 AM
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oregon, spr
Marty Offline OP

Marty  Offline OP

Two persons escaped safely from a BERT air ambulance that had an accident this afternoon while landing at the Punta Gorda airstrip.


“Reports here indicated that the BERT air ambulance was landing at about 2:50 am on the air strip when the accident happened as explained by pilot (James Mallet)”


“I was on the approach to the Punta Gorda airport and we were getting ready to touch down and I saw the dog on the right side of the runway. I pulled the nose of the airplane and added some power to miss the dog not knowing where the dog went and started my flare to land then I felt a thump and the airplane veered a little bit to the left and then it started sliding down the runway on its wing and two landing gears. I got control of the airplane in front of the operation offices and the airplane span around off the runway and came to a halt in a safe position the only damage was to the airplane and the dog.”


“From your landing at the Punta Gorda airstrip is the first experience of seeing dogs on the airstrip or could you account for other?”


“The other EMT with me probably a month ago had the same thing happen.”


“What will be next for the plane? Will it eventually be removed or what could you comment on it?”


“Civil aviation has to come down and evaluate the situation and they would decide since the airport is not closed since the airplane is not on the runway they can operate the airport and they could move my airplane when it’s convenient and safe.”


“Pilot James Mallet was accompanied on the plane by BERT EMT Daniska Larius who both alighted quickly and safely from the plane as it halted with its left wing scraping and resting on the airstrip. With the left wheel of the plane broken off a distance away at the northern section of the airstrip persons who were at the airstrip at the time of the incident complimented the efforts of pilot James who was able to keep the plane on the pathway of the airstrip as it sped on two wheels can came to a halt without major damages to the plane and avoiding hitting the nearby Tropic Air office. An official report here indicated that the BERT Air Ambulance had come to Punta Gorda to airlift a baby who needed further medical treatment outside of Punta Gorda.”


Re: Wings of Hope Pilot Dodges Dog and Crash Lands [Re: Marty] #511228
01/30/16 10:12 AM
01/30/16 10:12 AM
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San Pedro AC Belize
Diane Campbell Offline
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A dog was hit by an airplane but "nobody was hurt"?
I assume the dog was hurt or hurt and killed .....

Am told that animals on the PG runway are a fairly common safety issue. Is the airstrip fenced?

Re: Wings of Hope Pilot Dodges Dog and Crash Lands [Re: Diane Campbell] #511230
01/30/16 10:42 AM
01/30/16 10:42 AM
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ragman Offline
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Probably not fenced. In case anyone has forgotten that was a problem at SP airport until maybe 4 years ago. Animals and golf carts used to wander onto the runway. One time on a flight to Belize City we stopped at Caye Caulker to pick up a passenger and the pilot had to taxi down the runway open the window and yell at some guys in a golf cart to get off the runway so we could take off. You can't make this stuff up but it is all part of Belize and it is a wonder there aren't more incidents of different types.

A few of my observations over the years:

1. workers standing on window ledge 4 stories high routinely cleaning outside of windows. No harness, no nothing.

2. BEL employee staying on a zinc roof while working on electrical wires on a pole. Probably hooking up a service on Middle St.

3. workers pulling up 5 gal. buckets of cement to upper floors while people are walking around under the buckets. (fairly common)

4. Staging set up on sand or soft ground without ties to building sometimes 3 or 4 stories high.

5. Worker standing on a plank stuck out from a balcony which was balanced by another worker standing on the other end on the balcony. (I think they were painting the outside rails if I remember correctly)

Of course I notice these right away because of my background of working in power plants and construction where if you did any of these you would probably be sent home in the States. Surprisingly though I hear of very few accidents.

Formerly from somewhere on a beach in Belize
Re: Wings of Hope Pilot Dodges Dog and Crash Lands [Re: Marty] #511234
01/30/16 01:19 PM
01/30/16 01:19 PM
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Katie Valk Offline

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Tapir on the runway at bze, hit by a plane and killed 2-3 weeks ago

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