Condolences pour in to the families of the Plane Crash near LPIA – UPDATE EIGHT PERSONS DEAD!!!


Pilot of the Cessna 402 which crashlanded today, Nelson Hanna, pictured here at LPIA.

Nassau, Bahamas — Scores of condolences are pouring into our newsrooms from all over the world following the death of seven persons who died today in a plane crash in lake Killarney.

The Cessna 402 driven by veteran pilot, Nelson Hanna, crash-landed just after takeoff at the Lynden Pindling International Airport. BP has learnt a member of the advance lighting team of the popular group Visage were headed to San Salvador along with others for an event during the island’s homecoming weekend. The event is to kick off on Friday night.

In a press statement issued just following the incident bandleader Obie Pindling said the following:

“The Visage family has suffered a tremendous loss today. Rumors are circulating that the band members were on the plane. One of the occupants is a present member of the Visage family, and the rest are all considered family because of our very close association over the years. On behalf of everyone in Visage family, past and present, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families everyone involved in the accident.”

PLP Deputy Leader, Philip Brave Davis, has also joined the string of condolences to the families, particularly his friend and victim Nelson Hanna and Devin Storr who is a Cat Islander of Port Howe. Davis wrote on his Facebook wall, “Heartfelt sympathies goes out to the families all of the victims of today’s crash. Nelson Hanna was a dedicated pilot, whom I have personally have flown with over the years. His able co-pilot Devin Storr, a son of Cat Island, will be missed. May their souls rest in peace and rise in glory.”

Sound Engineer and son of Bishop Clarence Williams, Nat Williams.

Former BCB DGM and veteran journalist, Diana Swann sounded also penned condolences to the families of the crash victims stating, “The management and staff at Provo Air Center are saddened to hear about our long time friend and customer, Nelson Hanna, an excellent pilot. The entire staff, especially the concierge staff; including Ester, Bert, Fred and Don are sending prayers to the families of Captain Hanna and his passengers.

Bahamas Press can now confirm, sound technician and son of CN and Evangelist Williams, Nat Williams, was also onboard the fatal flight.

“We are saddened to hear of Nat’s tragedy today. He is a dear friend and loving husband. The couple had recently welcomed into the world their first child. This is a sad story indeed,” a friend of Williams said.

BP can confirm the other victims are BEC technician, Cory Farquarson, set setup technician, Devon Storr, Sasha Mildor, Lavard Curtis and Delon Taylor. The  last victim is still not confirmed at this time.

The aircraft is at the same time submerged in waters off the runway in Killarney where the air Cessna 402 vessel breakup on impact shortly after noon today.

Barack musician and setup technician Lavard Curtis.


  1. Approximately, one week ago, my family and I lost a very important friend, Captain Nelson Hanna. we flew that plane all the time. he was an excellent Pilot and we will never forget him. Nelson died doing what he did best. A sincere symphathy goes out to his family and to the other family members who lost a loved one as well. from the Francis family.


  3. Precious Lord Take the hands of every family member that had a love one onboard. Let your holy spirit give strength to their knee joints so they can stand firm and strong at this time. We do understand that when one loses a love one his heart is wrench in two but I beg and ask of you now mighty god to mend the broken pieces, and every scare that this wound had cost i ask you to let your blood heal it even now. And may what the devil had for bad turn for your good and bring you glory, Speak now holy spirit, let your voice sound like thunder but have every family and love ones to stand still, This day is dark and dull my friends but PLEASE remember that God is on your side. May the glory of God over shadow you NOW and for ever more in Jesus name I pray Amen.

  4. my deepest sympathy goes out to the family of the eight men in plane crash weeping my endure for a night but joy comes in the morning my prayers are with all of you.

  5. Prayers for light, love, and comfort for all of the families, friends, and co-workers of this tragedy.
    Special love to my Bahamian beloveds including my husband, Cyril “Papa” Newton, my mother-in-law, Sandra M. Newton, and my sister-in-law and friend, Michelle Taft who lost the family member, Lavard Curtis. May each of the departed ones be embraced in the Light of God and Joy of reunion with loved ones who preceded them, and may those left on this plane be comforted, strengthened, and surrounded with love as they traverse this life challenge.
    Lavard, enjoy that beauty-full world in the company of your Mom, our beloved Jackie, and those others welcoming you home after such a short lifetime here but an accomplished, loving lifetime so well spent.

  6. I pray that the peace of God will be with all the family and friends of all those who lost their lives in that plane crash yesterday. May God continue to strengthen all of you each and every day.

  7. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. Psalm 116:15
    Bear one another’s burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2
    And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
    So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men. Galatians 6:10
    Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
    And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:3-4

  8. Lord this is my prayer,
    strengthen the family of those that were lost in the plane crash…comfort them lord, embrace them in your loving arms. Lord let them know not to worry because whhatever you do is well done! Guide them so that their hearts are healed in time. In Jesus name i pray.

  9. To All the family and friends of the crash victims May God keep you and be your comfort in this time; may His peace be with you through this difficult time.
    Nat…wow it’s so unbelieveable that you are gone…the shock of it all is unbearable…RIP you will never be forgotten…

  10. My condolences goes out to all the families of the plane crash victims. Especially my very loving and dear friend Nat Williams you were and inspiration to me and my family we will forever miss you. Gone but not forgotten. May his peace be with you til we meet again. R.I.P

  11. Heart felt condolences goes out to all of the family members of those that perished in that fetal crash, may God grant each an every one of you peace.

    • I had the good fortune to meet and observe Nat Williams at his best,representing the Bahamas in Surinam;Nat was a professional,a credit to his Family and the Bahamas.He did understand his relationship to God and his upbringing.What a fine human being.May his soul rest in peace.

    • my sympathy goes out to the Hanna family on the lost of their family members. Nelson was indeed a great pilot and am sure he tried his best. am sure he would be flying the heavenly faithful up there in the Godly skies, with the almighty RIP.

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