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Dr. Myles Munroe among 9 dead in Grand Bahama plane crash
By Dr. Myles Munroe among 9 dead in Grand Bahama plane crash
Nov 10, 2014 - 2:08:45 AM

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The late Rev. Myles Munroe

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island -  Shortly  after 5pm on Sunday, November 9th a Lear jet crashed at the Grand Bahama Shipyard.  It was en route from Nassau.

Reports said that the plane clipped the side of a crane at the Shipyard and "exploded on impact". The weather was said to be a factor.

Nine passengers aboard the plane belonging to Dr. Myles Munroe was heading to Grand Bahama for the Global Leadership Forum scheduled for November 10th through 13th to be hosted by Myles Munroe, the leader of Bahamas Faith Ministries International.

It has been confirmed that Dr. Myles Munroe, his wife Ruth, Pastor Richard Pinder and six others all died.

American news reported that Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young had planned to be on the plane, but the weather deterred him. Ambassador Young's Foundation released a statement that said, "Ambassador Young expresses his deep sadness over the tragic death of his friends Dr Myles and Mrs. Ruth Munroe. He offers condolences to the Munroe family and the families of the other souls who lost their lives as a result of this shocking plane crash."

The Bahamas Department of Civil Aviation issued a statement, confirming that a Lear 36 Executive Jet which departed the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) for the Grand Bahama International Airport at 4:07pm, crashed while making an approach for landing at Grand Bahama International Airport at 5:10pm.

The statement said: "The Department of Civil Aviation has been advised that there were some fatalities and we are awaiting confirmation from the Royal Bahamas Police Force as t o whether there were any survivors. The Grand Bahama Airport Company Crash Fire Rescue Department responded to the incident, and the Police and Bahamas Air Sea Rescue (BASRA) are presently on the scene."

A full scale investigation will commence Monday morning, November 10th at daylight, which will include the Department of Civil Aviation Aircraft Accident Investigation Prevention Unit.

Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Hon. Perry Christie said in a press statement, " It is utterly impossible to measure the magnitude of Dr. Munroe's loss to The Bahamas and to the world. He was indisputably one of the most globally recognizable religious figures our nation has ever produced.  Dr. Munroe was a man of immense charisma and persuasive appeal. He was regarded by a great many persons as the Conscience of The Nation. Certainly, he was among the most defining and influential spiritual leaders of the modern Bahamas and, I daresay, of the wider world of Christian evangelism as well."

Bahamas Minister of Tourism, the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe said, " Dr. Munroe was a global leader, a pillar of strength and inspiration for many and a pioneer of religious tourism in the Bahamas. Dr. Munroe also acted as an ambassador for The Bahamas, taking his Ministry to thousands and participated in numerous foundations and conclaves around the world."

Bahamas Faith Ministries Pastor Dave Burrows said in a press statement, "We thank all Bahamians, and those who have called from the international community, for your  prayers and expressions of comfort..."

A prayer service is planned at the BFM church on Carmichael Road (Nassau) for Monday evening. All are invited.

Dr. Myles Munroe was an internationally renowned bestselling author, lecturer, teacher, life coach, government consultant, and leadership mentor. He had travelled around the world training leaders in business, government, education, sports, media, and religion.
This multi-gifted motivational speaker served as a business consultant to governments, Fortune 500 companies and corporations, addressing critical issues that affect every aspect of human, professional, leadership, social, and spiritual development.
Dr. Munroe represented his country as the youngest recipient of the Queen's Birthday Honors of the Order of The British Empire (OBE) Award 1998 bestowed by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth of England, for his spiritual and social contributions to the national development of the Bahamas. He had also been honoured by the government of the Bahamas with the Silver Jubilee Award (SJA) for providing twenty-five years of outstanding service to the Bahamas in the category of spiritual, social and religious development.
Pas. Myles was the senior pastor of Bahamas Faith Ministries International Fellowship, where his wife, Ruth Ann, serves as co-senior pastor. He was a proud parent of Charisa and Chairo (Myles Jr.). He was 60 years old.

NOTE: A group photo with Dr. Munroe in front of a plane has been going around social media. The Bahamas Weekly was contacted by family of one of those pictured, and were informed that this was an older photo and not a photo taken the day of the flight. 

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