Bahamas Authorities are reporting a private jet crashed landed on approach to Grand Bahama around 5:10 PM local time.
The plane, reported by the Associated Press to be a Lear 36 Executive Jet, struck a construction crane over the Grand Bahama Shipyard roughly an hour after departing from Nassau; exploding on impact.
Believed to be aboard the Lear was leader of the Bahamas Faith Ministries, Pastor Miles Munroe and his wife, Ruth. The Bahamas Faith Ministries is one of the largest religious congregations in the island chain.
Munroe, a well-known author and leadership consultant within the Ministry, was said to be heading to the island to host a church conference.
Though the cause of the crash is not initially known, experts are speculating that the heavy rains and inclement weather—responsible for diverting several other flights in the area—played a factor in the accident.
“We understand the private aircraft were flying passengers inbound onto Grand Bahama for a major religious conference which in opening tonight,” writes the Bahamas Press. “Sources tell us because of bad weather in the Grand Bahama area flights were diverted; even two scheduled local flights of Bahamasair aborted landing in the second city due to the inclement weather.”
Of the nine passengers and crew aboard, none survived.
The ministry said authorities were on scene and a full investigation would begin at daylight today.