telegraph __________________________________________________________CATHOLIC TELEGRAPH _____________________________________________CATHILIC TELLTEL NEWS _______________________________________A priest who died after a plane crash in the Bahamas was an Irish Catholic priest who lived on the island of St. Kitts and Nevis, a Catholic publication said Thursday.
The Rev. William McCallum died Wednesday after a crash in St. George when the Piper PA-8B Phantom jet was taking off from the Bahamas’ St. Croix International Airport, the Irish Daily Star reported.
The pilot had no medical experience, but McCallums family told the newspaper the pilot was the son of a Catholic parishioner who was a former member of the Order of St.
“The pilot said he had been out of the country for nearly a year and that the plane had been parked in St Croix’s port area, the paper reported.
In his obituary, the Catholic Daily Mail reported that McCallms father was a priest in St Stephen’s, an Irish archdiocese in the Caribbean.
The plane was carrying 30 passengers, the newspaper reported.
McCallums plane crashed in the southern Bahamas about 10:30 a.m. local time (6:30 p.m.) on Wednesday.
No one was hurt in the accident.
It was the second crash in a week for the plane.
In March, a Piper PA 9-series plane crashed while landing at St. Thomas, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of St Stephens.
The cause of the crash is under investigation, the Daily Mail said.