A Tropic Air Belize 7 seater was parked at the Flores, Petén Guatemala airport for the night on July 17, when a freak storm poured over the area. Not only was the plane damaged, it completely flipped over. Love News Spoke to Tropic Air’s President John Greif who says the plane was completely destroyed.
John Greif III, President of Tropic Air: “Well Tropic operates a daily flight from Belize International to Flores Peten. The plane spends the night and then comes back in the morning. So yesterday the plane landed at about 5 in Flores, the passengers were deplaned, the Tropic staff went back to get the bags out of the plane and about the time that the pilot was getting ready to leave and go to his hotel apparently a freak storm came up out of nowhere with heavy rain and turned the plane over and the plane was extensively damaged- we don’t think it’s reparable.
Reporter: The pilot was in the plane ?
John Greif III, President of Tropic Air: “No no the pilot was getting ready to get in a taxi to his hotel because the plane and the pilot spend the night there.”
Reporter: So extensively damaged, can you repair it? Do you know the cost of damage at this point?
John Greif III, President of Tropic Air: “We don’t think it’s reparaable, in these matters it’s really up to the insurance company whether repaired or not but we don’t think ti’s repairable.”
Reporter: It is unfortunate being that there have been a couple accidents in the past with the company so I guess customers would want to know that they are safe ande it was just something freak.
John Greif III, President of Tropic Air: “Yeah it was a very freak accident and at Tropic we take safety very seriously, we just received international airline association safety rating, the first one in Latin America actually and our family, our kids, our moms fly on the airplane so safety is of utmost importance to us but this is something that happened while the plane was parked and we really had no control of it.”
Reporter: What is the value of the plane?
John Greif III, President of Tropic Air: “About a million Belize.”
Though the freak accident was unfortunate, the Tropic Air President pointed out the strides they have made as they had just received an (IATA) International Air Transport Association rating, one of the first in Latin America.