|Police investigate Ultralight crash site
last Thursday as an afternoon shower turned a simple afternoon of
pleasure into a last flight for Martin David Walker, a tourist on a
four-day visit to San Pedro.
An eyewitness to the crash explained that Walker and a
female passenger taxied down the San Pedro runway at approximately 3:15
p.m. in Walker’s ultralight aircraft. Reportedly, just as Walker was
taking off, in the middle of a steep climb, an updraft from a sudden
rainstorm (squall) lifted the aircraft into the air, flipped it backwards
(twice) and then sent the ultralight and its two passengers crashing to
According to a San Pedro police report, acting on
information received, officers visited the scene of the crash where they
found Martin David Walker, 41, businessman/tourist from Louisiana, USA
and Gay Stanley Mayeux, 49, tourist, also of Louisiana, USA suffering
from injuries received in the crash. Police then transported the crash
victims to the airport where they were rushed to Belize City for
emergency medical treatment.
Further reports revealed that Walker
succumbed to his injuries shortly after arrival on the mainland. Other
information revealed that his passenger was flown to Houston, USA for
treatment of severe back injuries.
Interviews with local residents, who had minimal
information on the deceased, revealed that the man was traveling with
another companion and each had brought their ultralight airplanes to
Belize. The men were reportedly involved with raising money for a
children’s charitable organization. According to one report, early
Thursday morning, Walker was raving about his visit to Ambergris Caye,
stating what an incredible time he had. It was stated that he had met
Mayeux only days before, upon his arrival to the island. Walker was
scheduled to leave Belize the next day.
Anyone piloting recreational aircraft is warned that
sudden squalls, which generally include swift winds, are common in
Belize, especially in coastal areas. Operators are warned to exercise
extreme caution if these conditions arise.