On Feb 23, at 6:45pm a twin engine Aztec Piper landed on the airstrip in Sandy Point. The aircraft was carrying a group of illegal immigrants. The aircraft was met by police as it landed. In an attempt to avoid capture, the pilot of the aircraft rammed the police jeep.
Abaco Superintendent of Police, Noel Curry, said the police were acting on intelligence provided by New Providence and were set to capture the pilot and passengers when they touched down. When the aircraft landed officers attempted to intercept the plane and instructed the pilot to stop.
It was then that, according to Supt. Curry, the pilot intentionally crashed the plane into the approaching police vehicle. Two officers received minor injuries and were treated.
When the aircraft stopped, seven illegal immigrants as well as the pilot attempted to escape by running into the bushes.
Police arrested four Dominican nationals and three Haitian nationals, including a toddler.
Police believe the pilot to be a Bahamian.
A manhunt is underway for the pilot. Supt. Curry has indicated that the pilot’s identity is known to Police.
The passengers were transported to New Providence for processing.
Supt. Curry commented that the aircraft likely originated from Jamaica or Haiti, but it was still being determined.