Unconfirmed reports suggest that the aircraft was untethered making it susceptible to the strong gales that blew in the early morning.
No one was injured and there was no interruption in airport operations, according to confirmed reports. However, both wings of the jet appeared to have sustained damages.
A press release from the St. Christopher Air and Sea Ports Authority (SCASPA) stated that “at approximately 5:55 a.m. Friday, an Air Traffic Controller observed (that) the 2006 nine-seater Cessna Citation Sovereign bearing registration N369QS appeared to slide off of the parking area, down a grassy slope, before striking a small tree.”
The press release further stated that the investigation was ongoing by “the St. Christopher and Nevis Royal Police Force, the Airport Fire and Rescue Services, along with the National Civil Aviation Department and the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority have been notified and are on the scene and investigating the matter.”
The aircraft arrived in St. Kitts yesterday (8th August) at 5:47 pm from Syracuse Hancock International Airport and was scheduled to leave today (9th August).
Chief Executive Officer of SCASPA, Jonathan Bass, was not prepared to answer questions about who would be directly liable for damages sustained to the aircraft but said that the local agents for the jet are the Nevis FBO. He also indicated that the investigations are on-going.