Weather a major factor in Myles Munroe plane crash

2014-11-26 07:00

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Nassau, Bahamas – Bad weather appears to have been a major factor in a small plane crash in the Bahamas that killed a prominent Christian minister and eight other people.

The Learjet carrying Reverend Myles Munroe and members of his Bahamas Faith Ministries had been forced to abort its initial landing on November 9 because of heavy rain and reduced visibility as a storm front passed over the island chain, the country’s Department of Civil Aviation said in its preliminary report on the crash released yesterday.

The jet struck a shipping crane at the Grand Bahama shipyard to the airport while trying to land on its second approach, causing it to lose a portion of a wing and its fuel tank. The plane then plunged to the ground in an adjacent recycling plant.

The crash killed everyone on board, including Munroe’s wife; the pastor considered second-in-command at Bahamas Faith Ministries, Richard Pinder; the group’s youth minister and his wife and young child.

The 60-year-old Munroe, an author and influential pastor, and his entourage were making the half-hour flight from Nassau to Grand Bahama to attend the 2014 Global Leadership Forum that he organised.

The report cited no other obvious factors but the crash remains under investigation. The cockpit voice recorder and engine control monitors were sent to the United States National Transportation Safety Board for analysis, the report said.

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