Victims identified in Bahamas crash

Bad weather discussed as possible cause of crash

Published On: Mar 26 2012 10:14:38 AM EDT   Updated On: Mar 26 2012 02:37:04 PM EDT
JACSONVILLE, Fla. -

Two men and two women who died in a plane crash off the Bahamas Sunday were returning home to Florida, officials said.

Bahamas Police Superintendent Paul Rolle said the two couples were killed in the early afternoon accident at Treasure Cay's airport on Abaco Island, a popular boating and sailing destination.

The Bahamas Press identified the victims as Dennis and Janie Sartori, of Jacksonville Beach, and Gregory and Janice Schwartezenberger, of Neptune Beach.

Dennis Sartoris was a certified dental technician, who, along with his wife, owned DCS Dental Laboratories. They had two children and a grandson.

"Their local dental lab was well known by all in the dental community and their presence in the dental community will be greatly missed," said Dr. Richard Salko. "They provided many dentists with beautiful dental work and were very charitable to many local dental care projects. Jacksonville has lost two very special people, and many of us have lost two close friends."

Friends described the Schwartezenbergers as outgoing, fun-loving and kind people.

The Sartoris and Schwartezenbergers shared a vacation home in the Bahamas and traveled to the islands frequently in the small plane that they also shared.

"The country where the crash occurred will have their officials do the investigation," pilot and aviation attorney Don Maciejewski said. "The Bahamian government does have an aircraft registry who does investigations along with the Bahamian police. Since this was based in Florida, departed in Florida, was going to return to Florida, it would not surprise me that the NTSB got involved."

The single-engine Piper aircraft went down near the runway. It was reported the plane was buffeted by gusty winds.

"It's not a difficult airport but where it's situated, near the water and the coast, you do get winds and all kinds of things," Maciejewski said.

Civil aviation officials were investigating. Rolle said detectives from the Royal Bahamas Police Force also would travel to Abaco from New Providence island to assist with the investigation.