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BREAKING: Bahamas Plane Crash Kills Pentecostal Minister, Wife, 7 Others

A small plane crashed Sunday evening while heading to the island of Grand Bahama, the Associated Press reports.

The Rev. Myles Munroe, a prominent Pentecostal minister, and his wife, Ruth, died in the crash, the Bahamas Tribune reported.

Munroe, also a best-selling author, was the founder of Bahamas Faith Ministries and Myles Munroe International.

Munroe was on his way to his ministry's leadership conference that was scheduled to begin Monday in the Bahamas, the Tribune reported.

The government of the Bahamas told The AP that all nine passengers on board perished.

The plane, which departed from the capital of Nassau, crashed around 5 p.m. local time while attempting to land in the city of Freeport, according to The AP. A cause of the crash has not been determined.

"The Department of Civil Aviation has been advised unofficially that the aircraft was destroyed and that there were no survivors," according to a statement from the Ministry of Transport and Aviation. Meteorologist Carl Erickson said around the time of the crash, there were showers and thunderstorms in the area.

Some storms were in the area as early as 3 p.m. Sunday and have been scattered around since then and continued into the evening hours, he added.