An aircraft with the Prime Minister’s of Saint Lucia and the Bahamas as well as other officials on board was involved in a ‘near miss’ in Bahamas air space, local reports say.
The plane had to make a sudden drop in altitude to avoid a mid-air collision, according to The Bahamas publication, The Tribune.
The Tribune said the Bahamasair aircraft was headed to Abaco on Friday to assess hurricane recovery and relief efforts on that island.
It reported that Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis of the Bahamas was accompanied by CARICOM chairman and Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet; Turks and Caicos Premier Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson; CARICOM secretary general Ambassador Irwin LaRoque; CDEMA (Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency) executive director Ronald Jackson and other officials.
The Bahamas was devastated by the passage of Hurricane Dorian resulting in the death of at least 45 people.
The Miami Herald Newspaper reported Monday that Health Minister Duane Sands has denied allegations that the government was covering up the true number of victims.
Sands was quoted as saying that the priority was not to count the dead but to search for the missing and provide assistance to those in need.
Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet was among several Caribbean leaders who visited the hurricane-ravaged country last week to get a first-hand look at the devastation and assess relief needs.