19 Nov 2012

Fatal plane crash on Saipan

4:36 pm on 19 November 2012

One person is dead and five others are injured after a light aircraft crashed at an airport in the Northern Marianas.

The pilot of the Star Marianas turboprop aircraft is in a critical condition.

Our correspondent in Saipan Mark Rabago says the crash happened about 6 this morning as the plane was landing at the island's domestic airport after making the ten minute flight from Tinian.

He says Tinian is a popular casino destination for tourists from Asia

"It's a domestic flight from Tinian to Saipan and it is the kind of service that tourists use, going to Tinian where the casino is, going to Saipan and Tinan and back to Saipan"

Our correspondent in CNMI Mark Rabago