As news of the untimely death of Dr. Myles Munroe continued to resonate across the globe Monday, investigators began looking into what caused the small plane to crash Sunday on the approach to the island of Grand Bahama, ABC News reports.
A full investigation began a day after the private Lear 36 Executive crashed on approach near Grand Bahama International Airport, killing all nine people on board, including Dr. Munroe, 60, and his wife, Ruth, and daughter, Charisa, the news station reports.
The group was traveling to the Bahamas to attend Munroe’s Global Leadership Forum when the plane crashed. Organizers decided to continue on with the event in his absence, saying it’s what he would have wanted.
Meanwhile, mourners across the globe grieved the loss of the pastor and motivational speaker who inspired scores with his powerful sermons and teachings. He grew up in Bain Town, a suburb of Nassau, one of 11 children, the report says.
As a teen, Dr. Munroe became a Christian and later went on to attend Oral Roberts University, an Oklahoma-based Christian university, graduating in 1978 with degrees in fine arts, education and theology. He received a Master’s degree in administration from the University of Tulsa in 1980. He also served as an adjunct professor at Oral Roberts.
“His energy and enthusiasm for imparting Spirit Empowered Christianity to new generations was contagious,” Oral Roberts University president William M. Wilson said in a statement, according to ABC. “Whether in a leadership gathering with those in highest authority or in Bahamas as a caring shepherd in a community of believers, Myles was always the same—upbeat, positive, loving, full of faith and searching for any way possible to make Jesus known in our generation. His loss will be felt around the world as well as in our hearts here at ORU.”
UPDATED, 11:28 PM EST, 11-9-14:
The Global Leadership Forum will go on, just shorter than planned, according to post on Dr. Munroe’s Facebook page:
Dear Facebook Friends,
On behalf of Myles Munroe International and ITWLA. We would like to inform you that the Global Leadership Forum will continue. The Forum will be for two and a half days (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning). This is what Dr. Munroe would have wanted. Please keep his family and the ministry in prayers.
Internationally acclaimed faith leader Dr. Myles Munroe, 60, founder and senior pastor of Bahamas Faith Ministries, and his wife Ruth Monroe, married for 35 years, were killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas on Sunday afternoon, reports Tribune242.com.
Nine people were aboard the ill-fated flight (pictured above). It has been confirmed that Bahamas Faith Ministries senior vice president and pastor, Richard Pinder was among those killed in the crash .The other victims have not been identified. One of the victims is reportedly Dr. and Mrs. Munroe’s daughter but that has not yet been confirmed.
The crash took place this afternoon and killed all nine people on board the private jet. The plane reportedly struck a crane at the Grand Bahama Ship Yard, exploding on impact and crashing into the ground near a junkyard area.
The Department of Civil Aviation reported that the plane was a Lear 36 executive jet which departed the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA) for the Grand Bahama International Airport.
The plane left LPIA at 4.07pm with nine people on board and crashed while making an approach for landing at Grand Bahama International Airport at 5.10pm, the Department of Civil Aviation said.
A police on source on the island previously said two were feared dead. However, police sources later confirmed that all those on board had been killed.
At the World Conference 2014, Dr. Munroe talked about how to “die effectively,” “live beyond the grave” and how to “secure your legacy and pass it on.” According to Munroe, “that is what you leave for people, your character.”
“Live in such a way,” Munroe said, “that you wouldn’t need a tombstone.”