Star Marianas Crash in North Marina Islands

Monday, October 7, 2013
By George Hatcher

Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six operated by Star Marinas crashed between Tinian and Saipan, North Marina Islands on Oct 5.

The four survivors of the crash were airlifted to the Commonwealth Health Center.

Three boats and a US Navy helicopter and 57 rescue personnel were part of the search and rescue of the Star Marianas flight that was missing.

There were three fatalities, a 29 year old Chinese man, a 26 year old Chinese woman and the pilot, a male Caucasian. The flight was reported lost at sea, but the wreckage indicated that: 2 of the bodies were still in the fuselage and one was outside the plane on the ground.

An earlier report announced the missing flight:

At approximately 3:15am local time on October 6, 2013 a Piper PA-32-300 Cherokee Six aircraft being operated by Star Marianas Air, Inc. which had departed from West Tinian Airport (Airport ID: PGWT) at 2:41am enroute to Saipan International Airport (Airport ID: PGSN) was reported as having been overdue for arrival.

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