KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Jul 25 – A meteorite set social media ablaze and turned Deputy Director of Grenadines Affairs Herman Belmar’s phone into a hotline Thursday night, as people expressed fears that an aircraft may have crashed near Bequia, one of the Grenadine islands here.
A meteorite is a solid piece of debris, from such sources as asteroids or comets that originates in outer space and survives its impact with the earth’s surface.
Belmar told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that he had received numerous reports that a flaming object was seen falling towards land at around 10.05 pm (local time).
Some people assumed that it was a small aircraft that had crashed. But Belmar, however, said that checks with police and the Coast Guard showed that there were no reports of a missing aircraft.
He said the Coast Guard informed him that the flaming object is believed to be a meteorite and that they were investigating.
Belmar said he understood the fears that an aircraft might have crashed, in light of recent aviation disasters.
On Wednesday, TransAsia Airways passenger aircraft GE222 crashed on the island of Penghu, Taiwan, killing 48 of the 58 persons on board. Last week, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 fell to the ground in a ball of flames in Eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 persons.
On March 8, Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappeared from radar screens over Indonesia and has not seen since.
There were 200 people on board.