NASSAU –– An eight-month-old baby boy was among the five people who survived when their plane crashed in The Bahamas yesterday evening.
The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) said the Cessna 172 aircraft was believed to be flying from Crooked Island to New Providence when it went down in waters south of New Providence.
After an almost three-hour search by the RBDF and the United States Coast Guard, the survivors –– 26-year-old pilot Anthiqueko Gibson; Lorenzo Moss, 47; Autoria Moss, 27; Andre Gibson, 22; and 18-month-old Andrew Gibson –– were found drifting on a life raft near New Providence, nine miles south-east of Nassau. They were transported by ambulance to the Coral Harbour Base to receive medical attention.
“All passengers appeared to be in good health,” the RBDF said.
While the RBDF did not say what was the cause of the crash, The Tribune quoted Minister of Transport and Aviation Glenys Hanna Martin as saying the pilot had reported engine problems before the plane went down.