Chocolate Hole Dawn

Chocolate Hole St. John US Virgin islands
Pink Sunrise over Chocolate Hole

We had some fairly powerful thunderstorms last night; high winds and hard rain. When dawn broke, the clouds parted and, for just about one minute, the sky turned a beautiful pink that reflected unto the bay.

According to the weather forecasters, we can expect more rain interspersed between sunny skies: “Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before noon, then isolated thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. East wind 16 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.”

Virgin Islands News

V.I. Port Authority scraps 4 planes
By JENNY KANE (Daily News Staff)
Published: October 28, 2013

ST. THOMAS – The V.I. Port Authority was starting to become a graveyard for run-down planes, until last week.

The authority has scrapped four planes after it was unable to sell the aircraft. The planes were rusted and dilapidated, according to port authority spokeswoman Monifa Marrero.

The planes have been sitting at King Airport for “years,” Marrero said, though she was not sure how many years each had been there.

“We tried to sell the planes four times, but no one wanted them,” Marrero said.

Two of the planes had owners that had passed away and since have been left to the authority, while the other two were planes abandoned after their owners discontinued payments.

One of the planes was the Piper Aztec flown by veteran pilot Kirby Hodge. The twin-engine plane went down Oct. 13, 2012, in waters about eight miles south of St. Thomas.

The plane was returning to St. Thomas from St. Croix with three passengers – Rachel Hamilton, Dawin Carr and Valerie Thompson. Thompson was the only survivor.

The three other planes included a DC-3, a Convair 560, and a Cessna, according to Marrero.

The DC-3 had been owned by Four Star Air Cargo, which went bankrupt in 2009. The airline was based in Puerto Rico and served both the U.S. and the British Virgin Islands.

The Cessna was owned by Levette Ruan, who ceased making payments to the airport.

The owner of the Convair 560 had passed away…. read more


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