Aviation Accident: Plane Originating From Fort Lauderdale Crashes Near Nassau

12/16/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, US // Sandra Quinlan // Sandra Quinlan

Fort Lauderdale, FL—A twin-engine plane went down in the Atlantic Ocean near the Bahamas Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2010, claiming at least one life. While Bahamian officials recovered the body of one of the victims, the U.S. Coast Guard ended its search the following day, as reported by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

According to Petty Officer Nick Ameen, “No further support has been requested by Bahamian officials so it is a closed case for the U.S. Coast Guard.”

The Royal Bahamas Defense Force and the Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association seemingly began their search and rescue missions after a Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter discovered crash debris Tuesday night.

Reports indicated a Beech-18 twin-prop cargo air charter took off from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and was en route to Nassau-based Lynden Pindling International Airport when it crashed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Monarch Air Group, of Fort Lauderdale, owned the wrecked aircraft. The company’s founder, Paul Slavin was not aboard the plane when the deadly aviation accident occurred, according to his wife, Pat Slavin.

Bahamian officials found and recovered the body of an unidentified man near the site of the plane crash, which was about six miles southwest of Nassau. However, a second person was also reportedly aboard the aircraft at the time. While that victim has yet to be found, bags full of women’s clothing were apparently seen floating at the scene.

Investigations into the fatal plane crash are expected to be underway.

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