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LIAT Flight Declared Lost by Government

August 9, 1986

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (AP) _ The government issued an official statement Friday declaring all 11 passengers and two crew members perished when their plane crashed six days ago.

It also declared as officially lost the plane of Leeward Islands Air Transport (LIAT). Flight 319 disappeared Sunday after two efforts to land at the Arnos Vale Airport were thwarted by a driving rainstorm.

John Veloz, director of civil aviation for the Organization of Eastern Caribbedan States, said it was believed the plane crashed and sank in water more than 6,000 feet deep.

″We’ve gone all through the area where they (the victims) could possibly drift and we’ve not turned up anything,″ Velox said, and no wreckage has been found.

The victims were seven residents of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, two Americans, two Italians, a Canadian and a resident of Antigua.

The plane was on a flight to St. Vincent from the neighboring island of St. Lucia.

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