According to ABC News on Monday, nine people were killed in a jet crash Sunday afternoon in the Bahamas. Among those killed were internationally known minister and motivational speaker Dr. Myles Munroe, his wife Ruth and seven others. The Royal Bahamas Police Force confirmed that all people on board were killed.
The group was in route to Freeport Grand Bahama for the International Third World Associations Global Leadership Conference which is set to officially open with hundreds of world leaders at the Our Lucaya Resort on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014, scheduled to run through Thursday. In spite of the shocking tragedy, the ministry said the conference would go on in a shortened form because “this is what Dr. Munroe would have wanted.”
NBC News reported that those killed included Senior Vice President and Pastor Richard Pinder, Youth Pastors Alvardo and Radel Parks and their 6-year-old son, a visiting pastor from Africa and two pilots. The Department of Civil Aviation said the Learjet 36 crashed at 5:10 p.m. ET while making a landing approach at Grand Bahama International Airport when it hit a crane.
Munroe, 60, was pastor and founder of Bahamas Faith Ministries International Fellowship. His wife served as co-senior pastor. Munroe was known all over the world as an internationally known Christian preacher and motivational speaker. He frequently appeared before mass audiences at Christian events with other widely known preachers. He wrote or co-wrote more than 100 inspirational and motivational books, many of which were best-sellers in the Caribbean and Africa.
In a statement Sunday night, Oral Roberts University said the university community was “heartbroken over the loss.” Oral Roberts University is the private evangelical college in Tulsa, Oklahoma where Munroe attended seminary and was named its outstanding alumnus in 2004. “His work in extending Christ’s Kingdom in our generation was exemplary and world changing,” said the university’s president, Billy Wilson.
On the organization’s Facebook page, Andrew Young, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, who often joined Munroe at Christian forums and gatherings, said he was deeply saddened over the tragic death of his friends Dr. Myles and Mrs. Ruth Munroe. He offers condolences to the Munroe family and the families of the others who lost their lives in this shocking plane crash.