Monroe among 9 killed in Bahamas plane crash, probe begins
Authorities in The Bahamas have commenced an investigation into the small plane that crashed on approach to the island of Grand Bahama, killing all nine people on board, including a prominent Christian minister and his wife.
The Lear 36 Executive Jet had taken off from the Bahamian capital of Nassau and crashed while attempting to land Sunday evening in Freeport, according to a statement from the Ministry of Transport and Aviation.
Among those killed was Myles Munroe, the founder of Bahamas Faith Ministries, who was travelling to Grand Bahama to attend the 2014 Global Leadership Forum, Prime Minister Perry Christie said.
"It is utterly impossible to measure the magnitude of Dr Munroe's loss to The Bahamas and to the world," the prime minister said. "He was indisputably one of the most globally recognisable religious figures our nation has ever produced."
Munroe's wife, Ruth, was also on the plane, Christie said. The names of other passengers have not yet been confirmed, but the government said they included another minister, Richard Pinder, and a child.
In the meantime, the Oral Roberts University said it is mourning the death of a prominent alumnus, Myles Munroe. University President William Wilson said Munroe was "an outstanding alumnus" who had previously served on the Tulsa-based school's board of regents. The government of The Bahamas confirmed yesterday that Munroe was among the nine people killed.