A well-known preacher and his wife were among nine passengers killed after their plane "exploded on impact" after hitting a crane in the Bahamas, Reuters reports. The Learjet 36 was carrying Myles Munroe, wife Ruth, and Richard Pinder, the VP of Munroe's ministry, among other passengers and two pilots, NBC News reports; all died. The plane was said to have hit a shipyard crane as it approached Grand Bahama International Airport shortly after 5pm yesterday and then plunged into a junkyard below; the AP reports that there had been heavy rain in the area. "The Department of Civil Aviation has been advised unofficially that the aircraft was destroyed and that there were no survivors," reads a statement from the Bahamian Ministry of Transport and Aviation.
Munroe, a well-known motivational and inspirational speaker on the Christian evangelical circuit—he was perhaps most famously linked to the Promise Keepers Christian men's movement—was said to be headed with the other passengers to the Global Leadership Forum, which his Bahamas Faith Ministries International group leads. A spokesman for the ministry says the forum will still go on, albeit in a condensed form, because it's "what Dr. Munroe would have wanted," NBC News notes. Bahamian officials are reportedly beginning a full investigation into the crash this morning. (Read more Bahamas stories.)