• Former mayor Andrew Young expresses sadness over deadly plane crash

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    FREEPORT, BAHAMAS - Former Atlanta Mayor Andrew Young is expressing his sadness over the death of his friend, Rev. Myles Munroe, killed in a plane crash Sunday.

    The government of the Bahamas says the small plane with nine people on board crashed on approach to the island of Grand Bahama killing all nine people, including Rev. Munroe and his wife.

    Sources close to Ambassador Young told Channel 2 Action News that Young was originially scheduled to be on that plane, but his foundation released a statement Monday saying he was never supposed to be on the plane. 

    The statement reads, "Young was not scheduled to be on the flight carrying Dr. Munroe, his wife, and other passengers and never planned to be. Any reports to the contrary are incorrect. Dr. Munroe was flying here to be with his flock. There are two to three hundred people scheduled to be here for this leadership conference, people from all over the world." 

    The Lear 36 Executive Jet had taken off from the Bahamian capital of Nassau and crashed while attempting to land around 5 p.m. local time in Freeport, according to a statement from the Ministry of Transport and Aviation.

    "The Department of Civil Aviation has been advised unofficially that the aircraft was destroyed and that there were no survivors," the ministry said.

    Names of the victims were not immediately available.

    The cause of the crash has not yet been determined though there had been heavy rain across the region.

    Police and fire authorities were on scene and a full investigation would begin at daylight on Monday.

    Young's foundation released the following statement Sunday night:

    "Ambassador Young expresses his deep sadness over the tragic death of his friends Dr. Myles and Mrs. Ruth Munroe. He offers condolences to the Monroe family and the families of the other souls who lost their lives as a result of this shocking plane crash."

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