USCG: 2 people OK after cargo plane crashes north of Nassau

NEAR NASSAU, Bahamas (WSVN) – Two people are expected to be OK after a cargo plane crashed on approach to an airport several miles north of Nassau, Bahamas.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the Douglas DC-3 took off from Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport, Friday afternoon.

Julio Castrillo, a pilot, has been identified by family members as one of the people on board the aircraft.

Nancy Johns, Castrillo’s sister, said she was terrified when she heard about the crash.

“When I heard that a DC-3 was crashed, I got hysterical,” she said.

The Federal Aviation Administration released a statement on the crash that read in part:

“A Douglas DC-3 on approach to the Lynden Pindling International Airport, Nassau, Bahamas crashed short of Runway 14 into the water today at 4:45 p.m. The flight departed the Miami-Opa Locka Executive Airport enroute to Lynden Pindling International Airport. The FAA will investigate and the NTSB will determine the probable cause of the accident.”

Atlantic Air Cargo in Doral operate the aircraft with daily charter flights from Miami to the Bahamas and the Florida Keys.

The Coast Guard said the Royal Bahamian Defense Force picked up the two people on board the downed aircraft.

“They were rescued. They were doing good, and that’s it. It was wonderful to hear,” Johns said.

It remains unclear what caused the plane to go down.

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