A State Department official confirmed Tuesday that four people, including three U.S. citizens, died in a plane crash off Grand Bahama island.
U.S. citizens Terry Haines, Robert Michael Kennedy and Matthew Sokolowski died in the crash Monday, the official said. The department did not provide information on the fourth person killed.
"We are not providing additional details about these individuals out of respect for the families' privacy," the official said.
The Cessna had left Ormond Beach on Monday morning and crashed in the Atlantic Ocean at 11:30 a.m., about six miles northwest of Freeport, Coast Guard Petty Officer Sabrina Laberdesque said.
The Coast Guard said it sent a helicopter to search and report to the Royal Bahamas police and Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association what could be seen from above, but stood down at 4:30 p.m. as local police took over.
Royal Bahamas police could not be reached for comment.
Staff writer Linda Trischitta contributed to this report.
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