Monday, September 19, 2016

Learjet 55, RCR7 LLC, N666TK: Accident occurred August 26, 2016 at North Eleuthera Airport, Bahamas


FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Miami FSDO-19

NTSB Identification: ERA16WA310
Accident occurred Thursday, August 25, 2016 in Eleuthera, Bahamas
Aircraft: LEARJET 55, registration: N666TK
Injuries: 9 Uninjured.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On August 25, 2016, about 1903 universal coordinated time, a Learjet 55, N666TK, operated by RCR7 LLC, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion following an aborted takeoff at North Eleuthera Airport, Eleuthera, Bahamas. The two pilots and seven passengers were not injured.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Air Accident Investigation & Prevention Unit
Bahamas Department of Civil Aviation
P.O. Box AP-59244
Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas
Telephone: 1 (242) 376-1617
Fax: 1 (242) 377-6060

This report is for informational purposes, and only contains information released by the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.


Reggaeton star J Balvin has escaped unscathed after the small private plane he was in crashed into bushes on takeoff from North Eleuthera airport on Friday, August 26th.

The 31-year-old Colombian - real name Jose Osorio Balvin - thanked God for his survival after emerging uninjured as he was leaving the Bahamas. He posted a photograph of himself on Facebook sitting on the airplane’s wing with a note in Spanish that said: “We’re safe. God didn’t want us to die today.”

A spokesman for the artist said: “I can confirm that there was an incident with a small plane on which J Balvin was departing the Bahamas. J Balvin Is OK, sustaining no injuries, but we do not have any further details on exactly what happened with the flight at this time.”

Earlier in the day, Balvin posted a photo on Facebook that showed the small plane embedded in bushes. Later, the picture was taken down from his Instagram. He also posted a photo on Instagram showing himself standing with his hands together in prayer at the end of a small jetty with his back to the turquoise sea and captioned it 'Resilience'.

Clearly nervous about flying after what happened, he wrote in Spanish alongside the snap: "The only way to overcome fears is to face them. God protects me."

Next month, J Balvin is scheduled to be honoured at the annual Hispanic Heritage Awards in Washington, DC. He will be presented with the Vision Award "for serving as a role model to youth while setting the music world on fire with his dynamic talents."


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