The pilot and four passengers were killed when the private chartered plane in which they were flying crashed at the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport.
According to reports, shortly after the plane took off, it experienced some mechanical problems and the pilot tried to turn the aircraft around and return to the airport. However, it crash landed near the runway, going down in flames.
Emergency vehicles and first responders rushed to the scene, but by the time they arrived, according to media reports, it was too late to save anyone. One first responder said the bodies were burnt beyond recognition.
The Virgin Islands Port Authority has withheld the names of the deceased pending notification of next of kin.
However, local media reports indicate that the passengers included Kylo Sylvester, a lead singer with the Stylee Band, one of the territory’s leading ensembles.