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Four killed in small plane crash near the Bahamas

A single engine aircraft crashed in the waters off Grand Bahama island on Sunday, killing all four passengers on board, authorities said.

All of the passengers are believed to be Americans who were on a sightseeing tour near the archipelago's northernmost island, said Bahamas Police Superintendent Stephen Dean.

Dean said emergency response teams found plane debris floating in the Atlantic.

Assistant commissioner of Bahamas Police Emrick Seymour said that they could not release the identities of the passengers before their next of kin are notified, but "initial" information indicates that all of them were foreigners.

The small plane took off from Grand Bahama, the archipelago's closest island to Florida, Sunday morning at around 11 a.m. local time. A call was received by the police about the crash.

NBC's Azhar Fateh and the Associated Press contributed to this report.