Three die in runway crash

NASSAU — Three people died early this morning when a charter plane collided with a vehicle on the airport runway in Mayaguana, said Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna-Martin.

The three people were residents of the island. Their names were being withheld this morning out of respect for the families, and until an official release is made by police officials.

According to a preliminary report from the Department of Civil Aviation, at approximately 12:30 a.m. a Cessna C402 owned by Leair Charter Service Ltd with a crew of two on board was making a landing at night for an emergency evacuation flight with two vehicles strategically placed to outline the useable portion of the runway.

The aircraft reportedly made contact with one of the vehicles, resulting in the deaths of the three passengers in that vehicle.

Hanna-Martin said that an investigative team made up of the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Air Accident Investigation and Prevention Unit of the Department of Civil Aviation was scheduled to fly into Mayaguana at 5 o’clock this morning.

“I wish to assure that a full investigation will be carried out by the Department of Civil Aviation into the causes and circumstances surrounding this terrible event,” said Hanna-Martin.

“I extend my heartfelt condolences to the families of these beloved persons and to the wider community of Mayaguana who share in this loss.” (Nassau Guardian)

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