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Andros crash search ended

Authorities say remainder of wreck or victims unlikely to be found
Portions of the wrecked Piper Aztec plane discovered in waters off Mastic Point, North Andros. Torrell Glinton

The Air Accident Investigation Department yesterday called off the search for the remains of the airplane crash that killed six people off Mastic Point, North Andros on Wednesday, citing that any remaining debris was unlikely to be found.

“As the complete aircraft could not be located and retrieved, no further analysis can be conducted on the aircraft,” the department said in a statement yesterday.

“Subsequently, the search and rescue effort was officially terminated.”

The department said the crash happened in waters approximately four miles off Mastic Point.

Although investigators and search and rescue teams scoured waters off the settlement, authorities indicated earlier Friday that the search for additional debris and remains of the victims was proving fruitless.

“I can say so because the water there isn’t so deep and when that crash happened it was like the plane disintegrated,” Superintendent Ricardo Richardson, who was spearheading the effort, told The Nassau Guardian.

He added, “Like I said, some things were found but it was nothing that no one could identify.”

He was referring to the debris found on Thursday, which included what appeared be a part of the aircraft’s wing and a tire as well as human remains.

Richardson said a team of “volunteers from the local community guided by police officers” was still in waters searching up to yesterday before the effort officially ended.

Authorities said the six-seater private aircraft departed San Andros airport Wednesday morning and fell out of the sky over the northeastern part of the island near Mastic Point.

Darren Clarke, 42, the pilot; Margaret Adderley, 49, a mother of two; Valentino Cardinal Knowles, a father of two in his 30s; Carter Campbell, a father of one in his 50s; Desiree Russell and her daughter, Destinique Wilson, 10, were aboard the ill-fated flight.

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