Air Ambulance crash Saturday morning with 4 onboard, no survivors

PHILIPSBURG - An aircraft belonging to TAI Air Ambulance Service (Transports Aériens Intercaraïbes) and which is based in Grand Case, crashed early Saturday morning between Tintamarre Island and Le Galion Beach.

The aircraft a Piper PA-42-720 Cheyenne III, registration number F-GXES and piloted by Bruno Le Jeune, took off from St. Martin (SFG/TFFG) at approximately 2:45am and was en-route to Martinique (FDF/TFFF) when it went down.

There were no survivors.

SXMIslandtime also learnt that a search was immediately conducted in the vicinity of Tintamarre Island because initial reports said that the plane had crashed just a half mile off the island.

The Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard assisted with the search.

The plane and body parts were later found off Le Galion Beach.IMG00228-20120505-0721

The Air Ambulance crew was transporting a male tourist cardiac patient from the St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) to Martinique when the fatal crash occurred.

The medical crew includes a doctor Jean-Michel Dudouit and a nurse Gerard Omere of the Pierre Zobda Quitman University Hospital Center in Fort-de-France.

Reports now state that the patient who is from Cyprus, initially fell ill on-board the cruise ship, "Allure of the Seas".


The patient has been identified as Panagiotis Vryonides of Nicosia and that he was on his honeymoon cruise.

The wife of the patient was said to be in Antigua at the time of the crash en-route to Martinique via a commercial carrier.

Emergency service specialist Frans Nieuwenhoven can now be heard via PodCast.

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