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Dr. Myles Munro and Wife Ruth Ann (Courtesy Photo)

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama (AP) — The government of the Bahamas has reported a small plane crashed Sunday on approach to the island of Grand Bahama. The Bahamas Tribune newspaper reports that prominent Bahamian minister Myles Munroe, his wife Ruth Ann and several other people in his entourage were killed in the crash.

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.

The crash occurred as people were gathering in Grand Bahama for the 2014 Global Leadership Forum organized by Dr. Munroe.

Chief Supt. Clarence Reckley said he could not confirm the report and that authorities were still trying to determine the identities of the victims.

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.

Grand Bahama is about 70 miles (113 kilometers) east of Florida.

The AFRO Staff contributed to this article.