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U.S. cargo plane crashes near Bahamas, at least 1 dead

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Two people were aboard, Bahamian authorities say
  • The plane was a twin-engine Beechcraft 18
  • It took off from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, en route to Nassau

(CNN) -- A small U.S. cargo plane carrying two people crashed Tuesday into the waters north of Nassau, Bahamas, Bahamian authorities said.

"We have three vessels in the area of a U.S. cargo plane that crashed in the ocean northwest of Nassau this afternoon with two people aboard," said Able Woman Marine T. Thompson, a spokeswoman for the Royal Bahamian Defense Forces.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said that Bahamian authorities told the FAA one person died in the crash and rescuers were searching for the second.

The twin-engine Beechcraft 18 was registered to the Monarch Aircraft Group in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where the plane took off on its way to Nassau.

CNN's John Couwels contributed to this report