Thursday, 24 April 2014
American Pilot Missing Off West African Coast
SaharaReporters has learned that an American pilot is listed as missing after the twin engine Beechcraft 1900 airplane he was piloting went down some 14 kilometers off the coast of Sao Tome and Principe on April 10, 2013.
The pilot was flying from South Africa to Mali and had planned stops in Sao Tome and Ghana.
Aviation sources disclosed that there was a thunderstorm in the area as the pilot commenced maneuvers to land at the Sao Tome Island Airport.
A U.S. Embassy spokesman in Gabon, Kevin Krapf, issued a statement asking anyone who notices the debris of the aircraft to notify the nearest US embassy.
Only the pilot was on board the twin-engine Beechcraft 1900 with the registration ZS-PHL when it went down.
SaharaReporters could not ascertain the pilot’s mission.