Nassau.– Bahamian investigators are searching for more wreckage of a small plane that crashed on the southernmost island of the archipelago. Two U.S. pilots were the only people aboard the small jet when it crashed Thursday night in an unpopulated area of Great Inagua shortly after taking off from the Dominican Republic en route to Miami.
According to police inspector Dennis Brown, the pilot Harold Hangle and copilot Tredy Camilo are presumed dead but their bodies have not been found. Small
bits of debris from the Jet Falcon N-28 RK were found scattered about
15 miles from the remote Bahamian island's only
settlement, Matthew Town.
Investigators plan to examine a sprawling
area of dense vegetation on Sunday, Brown said. There was no
communication from the small jet before it went down, according to
Bahamian Civil Aviation Director Capt. Patrick Rolle.
Witnesses said the plane exploded in the air. "It still had a lot of fuel on it, so the fuel ignited and that caused a pretty big fire around the airplane," Rolle said of the witness accounts.
Dominican Civil Aviation spokesman Pedro Jimenez said the Jet Falcon was owned by the San Francisco, California-based Wells Fargo company. Wells Fargo spokeswoman Susan Stanley said Friday that the plane was owned by a trust for which the bank acts as trustee. She did not immediately respond to an e-mail Saturday seeking more details.