Caribbean plane crash - Family saved from wreck

Caribbean plane crash - Family saved from wreck

Tegucigalpa : Honduras | Jan 23, 2012 at 11:40 AM PST
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Andy Atkins - Friends of the Earth's Director

A small plane carrying a family of three and a pilot went down in the Caribbean sea yesterday, but thankfully all the passengers have been saved by good Samaritans.

A plane crash would have turned tragic had it not been for a boat's passengers, who saved all the passengers of the small plane which crashed in the Caribbean. Andy Atkins was with his wife, Jenny, and their 4-year-old son, Logan, when the small plane carrying them and being flown by a pilot crashed into the Caribbean Sea. The family was taking an air tour along the coast of Roatan, which is a small island near Honduras, on the 11th of January, when their plane unexpectedly lost an engine and crashed into the water.

Andy Atkins belongs to Texas. He had come to this part of the world for a vacation with his family. Atkins was quite comfortable with the whole idea of taking the family for this air-tour as just two months ago he had taken the same trip with his friends and wanted his family to experience the same journey with him.

According to Andy Atkins, the plane tour was going just fine and things turned upside down in a matter of seconds. "I looked out the window, out the side of the plane and I could see the ocean and the reef. I guess part of me thought it looked a little close. Really, the next thing I know, I was upside down in the water...still strapped in and wondering what happened. It took me just a second of talking to my brain to realize, wow, we really crashed and you're not dead, but you've got to get out of here before you drown," Atkins said.

After the crash, the pilot of the plane unstrapped Atkins and later his wife and son. Had it not been for his quick thinking, the family would have drowned in water, as they were tied to their seats with safety belts.

Luck was on Atkins and his family’s side as a boat filled with passengers was passing by and the people on board saw the wreckage of the plane in the water. As soon as they saw the plane, they jumped into the water and retrieved Andy Atkins, his wife, son and the pilot of the plane, who were all trying to remain afloat.

Then two doctors, who were located on another boat nearby, treated the family and the pilot until they reached the shore. Andy and his family were kept in the hospital for three days and later released after recovering fully.

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