A non-certified experimental plane with two people aboard, crashed minutes after take off from the Mark A. Gelabert International Airport in Albrook Panama. Both passengers were killed.
Civil Aeronautical Authority general manager, Rafael Barcenas said the light sport plane took off for Penonome, Cocle,at 7.50 am. It had fuel for a three hour flight, Forty seconds later the pilot radioed to the control tower that he intended to return to the runway. The plane crashed and exploded on landing.
"It was an experimental airplane,(AS 56) a non certified aircraft under the risk of the operator and operating under CAA regulations" said the manager.
Public Ministry staff removed the bodies and an investigation into the cause of the accident is underway.