Cessna 402 crash near Bahamas claims two

Aviation International News » August 2003
July 31, 2008, 10:01 AM

It was a honeymoon gone bad. Attorney Walt Wilkins, 29, and his bride Donyelle, 27, had flown from Charleston, S.C., on July 19 to catch an Air Sunshine flight from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the Bahamas. En route from Fort Lauderdale to Treasure Cay, pilot Hassan Moslemi, 45, radioed that he was having a problem with the right engine. Minutes later the aircraft ditched in the ocean. Wilkins, his son and his new wife safely escaped. Diane Parker Diaz, 33, of Jacksonville, Fla., and her three-year-old niece, Dante Parker, died in the crash, according to authorities. Diaz’s childen, Andre Parker Diaz, 6, and Elisa Parker Diaz, 5, survived. The other survivors included Moslemi, Bethany Duval Francisco, 26, of Orlando, Fla., her husband Constantinos Charles Francisco and their one-year-old daughter.

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