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Robert Mansell

Robert Mansell

(Passed – 2009)

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Robert Mansell

Robert Mansell
(Passed – 2009)

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Robert Mansell

(Passed – 2009)
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Robert Mansell was a British pilot thought to have been killed when his plane plunged into the Caribbean sea. He is being credited for saving the lives of all nine passengers on board. Robert Mansell, 32, originally from Knowle in the West Midlands, had to ditch his light aircraft in the water off the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire when its right engine failed. All the passengers managed to escape after the controlled emergency landing and were left floating in the sea until they were picked up by a cargo ship crew.
Robert Mansell, however, is believed to have sunk with the aircraft still strapped in his seat after failed attempts to release him. His body has not been found.
The young pilot's firm,
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Divi Divi Air, said his skill was to thank for the successful rescue of all the locals and Dutch tourists who were on board.
"They have no words to express their gratitude for his professionalism right up to the last moments of the flight," Divi Divi Air owner Germaine Richie told Sky News in an emotional interview.
"They say he even looked back to confirm they had their life vests on and he gave them the thumbs up."
Mr Richie's colleague Simon Janzen added: "He's a hero. All the passengers survived and he is the only one missing.
"If he wasn't a good pilot, he couldn't have ditched it so everyone could be saved.
"Other pilots wouldn't have known what to do but he landed the aircraft so
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that everyone could get out safely."
Robert Mansell was flying a twin-engine Britten-Norman Islander from Curacao to Bonaire when the accident happened.
A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: "We are aware of the death of a British national in a plane crash near Curacao."
Former colleagues of Mr Mansell paid tribute to the young pilot in online messages.
"I had the great pleasure of flying with captain Rob Mansell, a professional pilot and in true testimony to his skills was able to save the lives of 9 passengers on board his aircraft," wrote one user of a Bonaire web forum.
"You paid the ultimate sacrifice but I know you loved the job. I also know that your family were
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so proud of your achievements. Rest in peace my friend I will miss you."
This memorial is to honour the life of Robert Mansell and his amazing bravery. Rest in peace.
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Robert Mansell

Robert Mansell was a British pilot thought to have been killed when his plane plunged into the Caribbean sea. He is being credited for saving the lives of all nine passengers on board. Robert Mansell, 32, originally from Knowle in the West Midlands, had to ditch his light aircraft in the water off the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire when its right engine failed. All the passengers managed to escape after the controlled emergency landing and were left floating in the sea until they were picked up by a cargo ship crew.
Robert Mansell, however, is believed to have sunk with the aircraft still strapped in his seat after failed attempts to release him. His body has not been found.
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