At least five people were killed when a private chartered plane crashed soon after taking off from the Rohlsen Airport on Thursday night.
A statement issued by the Virgin Islands Port Authority (VIPA) said the incident occurred at 8.45 pm.
VIPA director, David Mapp, told reporters that no one had survived the wreck of the private plane.
“All of whoever was on board died,” he said, adding that the wreckage was total.
“I couldn’t tell you, from the mangled mess, the make, model, number, or type of plane,” he said.
Media reports said that among the casualties was a member of the Stylee Band, one of the territory’s premier groups a highlight of the festival season.
Police Commissioner Delroy Richards told the media that the aircraft, a private chartered plane, took off from the St. Croix airport and soon after started experiencing engine problems, with flames coming from one of its two engines.
He said the unidentified pilot circled back and attempted to land at the airport, but the plane crashed in a field area near the runway.
David Goodrich, commander of St. Croix Rescue’s extrication team, said that by the time they arrived on the scene, there was nothing they could do.
VIPA spokeswoman Monifa Brathwaite said officials were not yet able to release the names of those killed in the crash.