FREEPORT, Bahamas - Four people were killed after a plane registered in Indiana crashed in the Bahamas Sunday, investigators said.
The Cirrus SR22 single-engine plane went down just before 11 a.m. during a sightseeing flight of Freeport. Two men and two women were on the plane when it appeared to ditch in low waters seven miles north of the Freeport Control Tower.
Police identified the pilot as Fishers businessman Tony Wishart, but it was unknown who else was killed in the crash.
"Information suggests that at some point after takeoff, they experienced engine problems, that led perhaps to the crash of the aircraft," Emerick Seymour with the Grand Bahama Police said.
Officials said that Wishart radioed that the plane was experiencing some engine problems just after takeoff. Officials said the plane was equipped with a parachute, but it was unclear if it deployed.
Wishart stored and flew the plane out of Tom Wood Aviation in Fishers. Records show that it is registered to First Class Flyers in Cicero, which is a group of pilots that share planes for private use.
A family member contacted by RTV6 said Wishart’s wife was not one of the victims on board the plane.
"You have visitors who've been here for several days. They've been to other islands and they were taking a look at the island to see the beauty of it and to lose their lives tragically, causes us to pause and say a prayer for their families," Minister of Tourism Obie Wilchombe said.
The Munster Times newspaper identified one of the victims as Cynthia Mierzwa of Porter County, Ind. The newspaper said it got the information from the woman's former husband.
Officials do not believe that weather was a factor in the crash.
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