ST CROIX, US Virgin Islands – Five people have died in the fiery crash of private charter aircraft Friday night at St. Croix’s Henry E. Rohlsen Airport.

An investigation by the US authorities is now underway into the tragedy that claimed the lives of the pilot and four passengers in the private chartered plane.

According to reports, shortly after the plane took off, it experienced some mechanical issues and the pilot tried to turn the aircraft around and return to the airport. However, it crashed landed near the runway, going down in flames.

Emergency vehicles and first responders rushed to the scene, but by the time they arrived, according to media reports, it was too late to save anyone. One first responder said the bodies were burnt beyond recognition.

The Virgin Islands Port Authority has withheld the names of the deceased pending notification of next of kin. But local media reports indicate that the passengers included at least one member of the Stylee Band, one of the territory’s premier groups.