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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.

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7 comment(s)
Written by: Blutarsky This user is banned, 20 Dec 2009 5:57 AM
From: Dominican Republic, No Spin Zone
we are all seeking more details
Written by: pelaut, 20 Dec 2009 8:21 AM
From: United States
Well, it wasn't full of bags of WF money since it wasn't their flight. What were in those bags? C4?
Written by: DoggPound, 20 Dec 2009 9:40 AM
From: United States
Pretty sad when you pay for jet-fuel and get water.
Written by: Juango, 20 Dec 2009 10:20 AM
From: United States, far S. Florida (formerly Santo Domingo)
What is up with this report? Didn't we read the two crew member's name in an earlier report? Keep the story straight, please. Of interest may be, where was the plane flying from before it refuled at La Isabela (SD)?
Written by: env31321, 20 Dec 2009 1:42 PM
From: United States
I am a family member of one of the victims. And it would be nice if you are going to write about him maybe you should get his name right. His name isn't Tredy!
Written by: xwill7, 21 Dec 2009 10:52 AM
From: United States, El cuarto bate
Sad deal
Written by: Perez, 21 Dec 2009 9:23 PM
From: Dominican Republic
it was also a cool looking plane too! pretty historical.
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