NASSAU: The Department of Civil Aviation Aircraft Accident Investigation and Prevention Unit (AAIPU) has attributed a plane crash that killed Dr. Myles Munroe and eight others last year, to “poor decision making”.
“The AAIPU has determined that the probable cause of this accident was the poor decision making of the crew in initiating and continuing a descent in IMC (Instrument Meteorological Conditions) below the authorized altitude, without visual contact with the runway environment,” said a report on the crash issued by the AAIPU.
Dr. Munroe, founder and president of Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI), his wife Ruth; Dr. Richard Pinder, a BFMI executive; Lavard Parks, his wife Rudel, and their son, Johannan, were on board the Bombardier Learjet piloted by Captain Stanley Thurston and co-pilot Frankan Cooper. Diego DeSantiago, a U.S. resident who frequently travelled with Munroe as a translator, was also killed in the crash, which occurred on November 9, 2014.
The AAIPU said that the aircraft made an initial ILS (Instrument Landing System) instrument approach to Runway 16 at the Grand Bahama International Airport, but due to poor visibility and rain at the decision height, the crew executed a go around procedure.
“During the second attempt, the aircraft struck a crane positioned at Dock # 2 of the Grand Bahama Shipyard at approximately 220 feet above sea level, some 3.2 nautical miles from the runway,” the report said.
The AAIPU said that a fireball lasting approximately three seconds was observed as a result of the contact between the aircraft and the crane.
“The right outboard wing, right landing gear and right wing fuel tank separated from the aircraft on impact. This resulted in the aircraft travelling out of control, some 1,578 feet before crashing inverted into a pile of garbage and other debris in the City Services Garbage and Metal Recycling Plant adjacent to the Grand Bahama Shipyard. Both crew members and seven passengers were fatally injured. No persons on the ground were injured,” the AAIPU report noted.
The AAIPU said that its investigations were helped by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Bombardier, the aircraft manufacturer.