Following the weird and unfortunate news that a private plane had crashed into a set of offices owned by local development magnate ‘Ċaqnu’ Polidano last month, an investigation is now shedding some more light on the whole thing.
The late-night plane crash had brought confusion (and memes) in the middle of the night all over Malta. Since the crash, the Bureau of Air Accident Investigation (BAAI) has been investigating the causes of the crash, and the first part of the investigation has now been completed.
They have concluded that the airplane escaped from its parked position due to the harsh and strong winds that had hit the islands on the 27th of December.
However, they are continuing their investigations to understand what led to the circumstances allowing the plane to become de-lodged from its position.
Captian Frank Zammit, one of the primary investigators, told Inews that the Dassault Falcon 7X plane was parked in Park No.4 of the airport.
He said that the wind had blown the airplane onto the fence, with the airplane subsequently ripped through, and it crossed the road and smashed into the Polidano Bros. offices.
While it might seem like a pretty obvious case to most people, Captain Frank Zammit has said that they are continuing with their investigations, including “some interviews that are in the near future,” after which they would be giving their official recommendations to avoid something like this happening again in the future.
Since the airplane is registered in Bermuda and therefore falls under the remit of the United Kingdom, they are working in collaboration with the UK branch of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch in their investigation.
The crashed airplane belongs to 71-year-old Lord Michael Ashcroft, the ex-Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party in Britain. He is considered the 47th richest man in the UK, with a fortune of £1.32 billion.
Nobody was hurt in the crash.