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The co-pilot is reported to have said, “It’s a brand new plane, 2005, but it started leaking fuel from the right side so we get unbalanced and just went down to crash.”
In reply to:
- In this accident one wing was dry, and the pilot apparently reported a stability problem.
I would not give much credance at all to this early report. Just consider it again (emphasis added):
Aboard were Dominican Republic citizens Freddy Oscar, 54; 32-year-old pilot Omar Valdes; co-pilot, 28-year-old Nelson Meyes; and 79-year-old American Ellison Gauding.
Valdes, who escaped unhurt and made the over two-mile trek from the scene of the crash, said the near-miss was “nothing short of divine”.
“I was the co-pilot, I was so frightened…the only reason we are here is because of God…I was really thinking about that (death)…,” Valdes said, noting that a parachute with which the craft was outfitted prevented a disastrous end for the aeroplane and its passengers.
He was, however, mystified as to the reason for the crash…
So was Valdes the pilot, the co-pilot, or what? It is very common for non-pilots to call whoever sits in the right seat the ‘co-pilot’. This report could very well be a misquote of a non-pilot passenger.
Hopefully we will get more information on this incident, though it appears to be outside the NTSB’s jurisdiction.