A recent plane crash in the Bahamian waters off the coast of New Providence has claimed the life of a 77-year-old American and injured 10 other passengers. Around 8:30am early Tuesday, the twin-engine Piper Navajo plane crashed in waters off Clifton Pier in western New Providence.
According to a Reuters report, authorities at the scene confirmed that 11 people were on-board the aircraft and that “the plane, operated by Ferguson Air, may have lost an engine.” Before bringing the plane down on an area of water in the Clifton Pier area, nearby the Lynden Pindling International Airport, the air traffic controllers were alerted by the pilot that he was experiencing difficulties, as stated by the Bahamas police.
“The 10 survivors, six Americans and four Bahamians, were rescued by staff from a nearby diving business and taken by ambulance to hospital in Nassau.” Reuters reported.
The crash is the second fatal plane incident that took place in a single month in the Bahamas. Last month, prominent pastor Dr. Myles Munroe and his wife Ruth, along with eight others died in an accident that is believed to have been caused by poor weather conditions. The pilot of the plane was attempting to land in Freeport when the aircraft hit a dockyard crane, causing it to crash into a garbage dump, killing all the travellers on-board.