A statement from the Department of Civil Aviation noted that the agency had received a report of smoke in bushes near the airport and that “investigations revealed that an aircraft had crashed in the bushes adjacent to the runway.
“The aircraft registration number is N63ZZ, a PA 27, which departed Bimini minutes earlier. Two fatalities are confirmed but their identities are being withheld pending notification of next of kin,” the statement noted.
It said that reports of the incident are “sketchy” but promised that “more information will be provided when received. “Civil Aviation Department Accident Investigation representatives are scheduled to travel to Bimini (Monday)…to begin investigations into this matter,” the statement added.