Update as of 11:03 p.m. EST: Dr. Myles Munroe, a well known religious leader and evangelical pastor, and his wife Ruth were among those killed in the Lear business jet crash in the Bahamas, ABC News reported citing Kelley Jackson, a spokeswoman from the Andrew J. Young Foundation told ABC News.
"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," the foundation said in a post on its Facebook page.
Update as of 10:12 p.m. EST: All nine people on board a small plane -- a Lear 36 Executive Jet -- are dead after it crashed while approaching the the island of Grand Bahama, The Associated Press, or AP, reported, citing the government of the Bahamas.
The executive jet had left the Bahamian capital of Nassau and crashed while attempting to land around 5 p.m. local time in Freeport, AP reported, citing a statement from the Ministry of Transport and Aviation. The crash occurred as the island was reportedly preparing to host the 2014 Global Leadership Forum event. The cause of the crash is yet to be determined but the region was experiencing heavy rains, AP reported.
According to The Bahamas Tribune newspaper, cited by AP, Myles Munroe, a Bahamian minister and an organizer of the event, was among those killed in the crash. However, a local police official could not confirm the report as authorities were still trying to identify the victims, AP reported.
A small plane crashed on Grand Bahama Island Sunday, killing those aboard, Bahamian officials said. The Department of Civil Aviation said the Lear 36 executive jet was headed for Grand Bahama International Airport from Lynden Pindling International Airport when it went down and was destroyed, the Bahamas Tribune reported.
Aviation officials said the plane, carrying Faith Ministries International leader Dr. Myles Munroe, crashed on approach. Bahamian police said two were feared dead but the Associated Press put the number of fatalities at nine.
Officials said the victims were headed for a Faith Ministries conference. The cause of the crash was not immediately determined and a full investigation was to begin Monday.