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Indiana businessman, nurse among four dead in Bahamas plane crash

Nov. 11, 2013 at 11:12 PM

FREEPORT, Bahamas, Nov. 11 (UPI) -- A businessman and a nurse from Indiana were among four people killed in a plane crash off the Bahamian coast, police and the women's ex-husband said Monday.

Tony Wishart, a businessman from Fishers, was the pilot of the plane, a Cirrus SR22 that crashed Sunday shortly after taking off on a sightseeing flight, WISH-TV, Indianapolis, reported. He had radioed the plane was experiencing engine trouble shortly before it went down, officials said.

Fred Mierzwa of Crete, Ind., told The Times of Northwest Indiana officials in the Bahamas had informed the family Cynthia Mierzwa, 62, of Union Township, was among those killed in the crash.

The names of the other two victims, a man and a woman, had not been released.

Fred Mierzwa said his ex-wife was traveling with her current partner, Kent Hill of Valparaiso, the newspaper said.

WRTV-TV, Indianapolis, reported a family member said Wishart's wife was not one of the victims on the plane, which had taken off from Grand Bahama International Airport and crashed in the Queen's Cove area.

The four had reportedly been on Grand Bahama for a week. Their bodies were recovered, the Bahamas Tribune reported.

The cause of the crash had not yet been determined.

The Civil Aviation Department's Flight Standard Inspectorate said the aircraft had a U.S. registration of N432BC that was registered to First Class Flyers LLC.

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