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Bahamas Plane Crash Kills 4 Americans; May Have Been Sightseers

By Michael Mullins   |   Monday, 11 Nov 2013 06:46 AM

A Bahamas plane crash on Sunday has left four people dead. The pilot and passengers are all believed to be Americans and were thought to be sightseers.

The single-engine plane crashed several miles off Grand Bahama – the northernmost island of the 700 island archipelago off Florida's east coast, local authorities told the Associated Press.

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"All are believed to be Americans. It is thought they were on some kind of sightseeing tour," Police Superintendent Stephen Dean said.

The plane was recovered about seven miles north of the Freeport Control Tower in shallow waters. The Cirrus 22 plane was destroyed in the crash, according to a statement from the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

Grand Bahama Assistant Police Commissioner Emrick Seymour told reporters that the crash occurred shortly after takeoff from the island's international airport and that the pilot radioed that the plane was "experiencing some engine problems."

The victim's identities were not released by authorities.

Citing a report from the Bahamian Civil Aviation Department's Flight Standard Inspectorate, WTHR.com reported that the plane was registered to First Class Flyers, LLC, with a Cicero, Ind. address.

The plane's occupants at the time of the crash were two men and two women, according to WTHR.com. The pilot had a valid license for single engine aircraft.

An onsite field investigation is being conducted by investigators from the Civil Aviation Department’s Air Accident Investigation & Prevention Unit with assistance from local authorities.

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