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Three survive crash off Cat Cay

Three people survived a plane crash that occurred in shallow waters near Cat Cay on Saturday.

According to Kendall Dorsett, operations investigator of the Air Accident Investigation Authority (AAIA), a single engine Piper PA28 aircraft suffered an engine malfunction upon taking off from Cat Cay and was ditched in waters off the northern end of the private island.

The pilot and two passengers managed to exit the aircraft and swim to safety just a few feet away.

All on board were taken to Grand Bahama for further medical evaluation, where up to yesterday afternoon, the pilot was reportedly still in hospital.

All three are Bahamians and one of the passengers was a woman.

The aircraft is still on the shoreline off Cat Cay where it went down and has not yet been retrieved.

In a video taken shortly after the incident, the plane could be seen intact and floating in waters near the shoreline as people walked by.

AAIA’s investigation into the crash is underway.

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Kyle Walkine

Kyle started with The Nassau Guardian in June 2014 as a broadcast reporter. He began anchoring the newscast four months later. Kyle began writing national news and feature stories in 2016. He covers a wide range of national stories. He previously worked as a reporter at Jones Communications. Education: College of The Bahamas, Bachelor Media

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