BHS | Apr 18, 2021

Jamaican man hospitalised, son killed after plane crashes en route to Florida

Gavin Riley

Gavin Riley / Our Today

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The submerged plane claimed the life of a pilot and leaves one man in hospital. (Photo: 7 News)

A Jamaican man remains hospitalised following Friday’s (April 16) deadly plane crash that claimed the life of his son off the coast of the Bahamas.

The victims have been identified as 59-year-old Andre Wade and 20-year-old pilot Kyle Wade.

According to preliminary reports, the Wades were aboard a Piper Navajo PA-31 plane bound for South Florida when it crash-landed in shallow water east of the South Bimini International Airport just before 10:00 pm.

Local media reports further state that the Wades were among a group of four that earlier arrived in the Bahamas from the Tamami Airport in Florida. Only the father-and-son duo were confirmed to be on the manifest for takeoff.

The younger Wade, who recently received his piloting licence, was pronounced dead at Bimini Clinic, after and he and his father were extricated from the submerged plane.

It is unclear whether Wade lost control of the plane or if the vessel had developed mechanical problems.

Young American pilot Kyle Wade. (Photo contributed)

Both the Aircraft Accident Investigation Authority in Florida and the Civil Aviation Authority of the Bahamas have launched an investigation into the incident.

Our Today has been reliably informed that Andre Wade is a past student of Wolmer’s Boys’ High and has held senior management positions in regional hospitality conglomerate Sandals Resorts.

Wade made headlines in the United States in June 2016, following the death of his wife, when he slammed reports of Orlando mass shooter Omar Mateen being buried in the Muslim Cemetery in Hialeah Gardens where she was interred.


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