San Juan harbor reopens to maritime traffic after removal of aircraft wreckage

Southeastern Coast Guard NewsSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The Coast Guard opened the harbor to deep draft vessel traffic transiting the southeastern portion of the Anegado Channel, near the Isla Grande Airport Thursday night.

At approximately 7 p.m. Thursday, personnel from Coast Guard Sector San Juan, the Army Corps of Engineers, Puerto Rico Port Authority and the National Transportation Safety Board began salvage operations and conducted an assessment of the area where the sunken aircraft was located. The aircraft crashed into the harbor on Wednesday afternoon.

The Army Corps of Engineers Motor Vessel Trident arrived on scene and began salvage operations Thursday evening and personnel from Marine Divers Contractors, who were hired to conduct the recovery, were able to re-float the downed aircraft at approximately 11 p.m. The Trident towed the aircraft to Pier 12 where it was turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board for investigation.

“Following the tragic crash of the aircraft on Wednesday, the rapid work of all agencies involved allowed the harbor to return to normal operations as quickly as possible,” said. Capt. Drew Pearson, Captain of the Port, San Juan. “Thank you to all our partners for their rapid response”.

San Juan Harbor is now open to all vessels without restriction.

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