Joint memorial service for Upstate men killed in Bahamas plane crash

Remote island terrain hampered recovery

Roger Davis
June 09, 2018 - 11:59 am
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The J. F. Floyd Mortuary says a joint visitation for the three Spartanburg County businessmen who died Tuesday afternoon in the crash of their twin-engined plane on Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas is scheduled Sunday from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Spartanburg Marriott Hotel on North Church Street.  A memorial service will follow at 4:00 p.m.   In lieu of floral tributes, the mortuary says the victims' families have requested memorials in their honor to the Worldwide Work of Jehovah's Witnesses https://www.jw.org/en/

It was late Wednesday before Bahamian officials confirmed the victims' identities.  Their plane was headed for Fort Pierce, Florida, when it crashed in a remote area shortly after takeoff Tuesday from an airport near Eleuthera's Rock Sound.  The twin Cessna was registered to Palmetto Grading and Drainage, Inc., of Spartanburg.  The owner of the company, 42 year old Todd Crawford, died in the crash along with Scott Dawson, 49, owner of CARS, Inc., and 71 year old Daniel McKnight.  

Air traffic control reported no radio distress call. The local newspaper says a man who lives near the airport told investigators he saw the plane descending steeply toward a thickly wooded area of the island.  Other witnesses reported seeing a column of smoke about the same time, 4:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday.

 

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