American Pilot Missing Off West African Coast

By SaharaReporters, New York

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.

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There is no American Embassy

There is no American Embassy in Sao Tome and Principe. The nearest Embassy is in Libreville, Gabon.

It is possible that someone boarded the Aircraft before take off and hid themselves and prior to approach to the Sao Tome airport came out of hiding and hijacked the plane. This is speculation.

Weather conditions on the evening of April 7 were very bad and were tropical conditions.

While there are theories of a possible hijacking, I wonder why would a person fly an aircraft of this size alone? Did he not know of the bad weather before takeoff?

Many are conditioned to think that because a person has a religious background - in this case a Missionary - they do not get involved in shady things. I do not know.

He was flying alone and that raises suspicions. This is not what family members want to hear, I know, but it makes no sense to me why an experienced pilot would fly alone and not know that tropical conditions where ahead of him.

Missing pilot

He was simply ferrying a pilot after getting maintenance done on the plane in South Africa. At this time we simply are worried about our friend and ask for support in finding him.

Nothing much we can do here on SR ...

@ SR: Why are you reporting this when comments and views take up to 24hrs to be published? By the time credible information reaches the American Embassy in Sao Tome, the chap would be floating-dead at sea. You folks need to upgrade your site, publish comments when we need to read it, and generally stop pandering to sectarian sentiments. One can scroll back and forth the headlines at other sites, contributions instantly dissected and debated, but not so anymore with SR where your ineptitude has caused many to stop contributing. Therefore, you guys are out of place to publish this emergency since any information will be delayed as usual. And while at it, please get rid of the annoying CAPTCHA column, four years ago we didn't have it and debates were livelier. In short, UPGRADE sofort!

Is it the Drone or tge Pilot?

I learnt the Boko Harams shot an American Drone down at a Nigerian border town of Gamboru. Just follow the smoke traces to Otuoke, a border town in the Niger Delta. I have the blackbox. Good luck.

Shot down or natural hazard?

The probability is that the aircraft was brought down by the Malian Tuaregs who might have noticed its mission was against them or it may be as a result natural hazard.Come what may,we throw our sympathies with the US marines and authorities in the White House and the family of the pilot involved.

SaharaReporters could not ascertain the pilot’s mission.

If there is anything that interests me most in this article, it is that very last line "SaharaReporters could not ascertain the pilot’s mission". Kudos to SR.

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