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Helicopter crash near Walker’s Cay, seven feared dead

A helicopter crashed in waters near Walker’s Cay, Abaco, earlier this morning, according to Minister of Tourism and Aviation Dionisio D’Aguilar.

“Initial reports are coming in that a helicopter departed, I think it’s a cay near to Walker’s Cay, at 2 a.m. and I guess shortly after takeoff it crashed,” D’Aguilar said.

“We’ve located the craft. It seems as if the seven passengers are still onboard so therefore submerged, but we can’t confirm anything yet.

“They’re attempting…to first of all go to the helicopter and retrieve any souls that are onboard and start the investigation.”

He said the pilot of the helicopter “made no request or permission to go” before the flight.

The minister was unable to confirm if any of the passengers had died in the crash.

The Air Accident Investigation Department (AAID) received reports of the crash approximately an hour ago, according to Chief Investigator Delvin Major.

Jasper Ward

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues.
Education: Goldsmith, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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