8 November 2018
On the night of 08 November 2018, while in route to Lynden Pindling International Airport from Palm Beach County Park Airport, Captain Byron Ferguson experienced what is believed to be a series of mechanical difficulties with his aircraft.
He had to ultimately crash land the Piper Aztec that he was flying into waters in the area of Nirvana Beach.
The general area of his crash landing was just shy of the coast line; around 0.5 miles from the shore.
He was approximately a mere 2 miles away from the Lynden Pindling International Airport.
NOT EVEN THREE SOLID HOURS WAS PUT INTO THE SEARCH AND RESCUE BEFORE IT WAS CALLED OFF TO BE RESUMED THE FOLLOWING MORNING “TO SEE IF THERE WERE ANY SURVIVORS” according to the police officer in charge, Leamond Deleveaux.
NOT A SINGLE DIVER FROM THE DEFENSE FORCE WAS SENT INTO THE WATER THAT NIGHT. THIS DESPITE THE FACT THAT RESPONDING OFFICERS CLAIMED TO HAVE SEEN PARTS OF THE PLANE FLOATING IN THE WATER WHEN THEY RESPONDED.
NOTHING WAS DONE TO SECURE THE PORTIONS OF THE PLANE THAT WAS SIGHTED.
THE SEARCH WAS CALLED OFF.
The point of when the search was called off has proven to be very controversial. There have been all sorts of varying times and reasons for calling off the search.
However, we will usurp all the nonsense. FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF BYRON WERE THERE AT NIRVANA BEACH ALL NIGHT AND CAN TESTIFY AS TO WHEN ALL THE RESPONDING OFFICIALS DEPARTED AND SHUT DOWN THE CRASH SITE: AROUND 11:30 PM. SO ANYTHING CAN BE SAID NOW IN HINDSIGHT.
Listen to the reporter’s question at around the 3.20 mark.
Listen to the comment at around the 4.45 minute mark.
The crash was around 9.20 H according to their information. This press conference was 11:37 PM; not even three hours later.
If we delve into the finer minutiae …
The Royal Bahamas Defense Force’s Command Center was notified of the plane crash at 9:04 PM.
RBDF and BASRA responded. The time given for when RBDF located the tail of the plane above water was 10:24 PM. The location was apparently less than a mile from the shore.
The tail is said to have quickly sunk.
So it is reasonable to assume that for almost an hour an a half, from 9:04 PM to 10:24 PM, the plane or a large portion of it was floating above water.
Nothing was done to secure the plane or portion of the plane that was located, which we firmly believe was attached to the cabin where Byron was trapped.
No divers were sent in the water that night.
The search was called off before midnight. The plan as articulated by the officer in charge was to come back in the morning at “first light” to see if there were any survivors.