Sunrise yesterday morning saw Isermno Airways flight 122 submerged in the coastal waters to the island's west. The flight was returning home from Brazil on approach to the airport when, according to some, pilot error caused the plane to end up in the ocean.
"Air-to-water plane crashes happen more often than you think," said chief aviation inspector Héctor Dobletuerto. "The sky is blue. The ocean is blue. It's easy to mistake one for the other until it's too late to pull up."
No one aboard the plane was injured, although dive crews recovered twelve skeletons from its interior. No one knows how they got there.
In spite of early reports, the tourism ministry released a statement claiming that no crash occurred; rather, that the plane was expected to arrive where it was found. The land development ministry confirms this, stating that a scant few hours after the plane was discovered in the water, bureaucrats re-zoned the beaches surrounding it into an airport. Thus, it is reasoned, nothing out of the ordinary occurred, because where other than an airport should you expect to find a plane? Because all flight facilities are subject to heightened security protocols, the site of the landing was immediately swarmed by policemen.
"Nothing to see here," said an unidentified (and armed) spokesperson for the government. "It's just another plane arriving at the airport."
In what is perhaps a completely unrelated and coincidental occurrence, chief aviation inspector Héctor Dobletuerto recanted his statement before going on an impromptu extended sabbatical to places unknown. We wish him well, and offer our condolences to his next of kin.