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Bahamas: FLYING ON FAITH?: Bishop who crashed plane on Abaco did not have valid registration or airworthiness certificates

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bishop Cedric Bullard, who crashed landed a small plane into the swamp at Treasure Cay, Abaco, with four passengers on board in August 2020, operated the aircraft without valid certificates of registration and airworthiness, according to an Air Accident Investigation Department (AAIA) report.

According to the final AAIA report, the certificates of registration and airworthiness for the Piper PA32 Cherokee Six expired on March 31, 2017 — nearly three and a half years before the accident.

The private aircraft experienced engine failure shortly after departing Treasure Cay Airport.

It was en route to New Providence.

The pilot ditched the aircraft in a nearby swamp after reporting loss of engine power.

There were no reports of injuries, though the aircraft sustained damage to its wings and propellers.

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