Agape Flight plane in Les Cayes, Haiti airport was destroyed

VENICE – An Agape Flights aircraft was destroyed in Haiti Tuesday by rioters at Les Cayes airport, in the country’s south central region.

According to web and social media posts from Agape Flights, the nonprofit Christian aviation ministry based at Venice Municipal Airport, missionary affiliates have heard that the rioters thought the plane belonged to a politician.

Seven members of an Agape work team in Haiti are all safe and the nonprofit is making arrangements for their return to Venice.

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Agape has canceled this week’s flight, which had been set for Thursday, because of safety concerns.

People gather on an airplane during a protest against insecurity and violence at the Antoine Simon Des Cayes airport in Les Cayes, Haiti, Tuesday, March 29, 2022. The protest coincides with the 35th anniversary of Haiti's 1987 Constitution and follows other protests and strikes in recently weeks in the middle of a spike in gang-related kidnappings.

An update posted on Facebook by New Roots Haiti, a mission group located about in Chiron, about 14 hours away, read: “People are mad that the roads are blocked by gangs, and the only way to travel to the Southern part of the country is by air.

“They assume the airlines control the gangs and are profiting off of the insecurities,” it continued. “Agape’s plane happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

The nonprofit is providing updates on its web site, agapeflights.com as well as on its Facebook page: facebook.com/agape.flights.

People gather on and around an airplane during a protest against insecurity and violence at the Antoine Simon Des Cayes airport in Les Cayes, Haiti, Tuesday, March 29, 2022. The protest coincides with the 35th anniversary of Haiti's 1987 Constitution and follows other protests and strikes in recent weeks in the middle of a spike in gang-related kidnappings.

A Thursday social media post noted that Agape staff and missionaries are still in Haiti.

Agape Flights has started a ‘2022 Aircraft Replacement Fund. More information can be found on the nonprofit’s website.

A social media post notes that online credit card donations in the range of $25 to $100 made during the online Giving Challenge, April 26–27 at https://www.agapeflights.com/giving-challenge/ can be used to purchase a replacement plane as well.

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