A Bacardi director and his wife have been killed in an air crash off Miami Beach, Florida.

Sergio Danguillecourt, 42, a member of the board of Miami-based Bacardi, and his wife, Jacqueline Kriz Danguillecourt, were among the 18 passengers and two pilots who died when the propeller-driven seaplane caught fire, lost a wing and plunged into the water off Miami Beach on Monday afternoon after taking off for the island of Bimini, in the Bahamas.

There were no survivors. Eleven of the dead came from Bimini, about 50 miles from Florida.

Danguillecourt - the great-great grandson of Bacardi's founder - was elected to the Bacardi board in 1992 and served on the spirit giant's audit committee from 1998. He began his career in sales for Bacardi Spain, and worked his way up to become a senior marketing executive at Bacardi USA before leaving the company in 1992 to concentrate on outside interests.

Facundo L. Bacardi, chairman of Bacardi's board, said: "Sergio was an exceptional human being, a valued member of the board, and represented the continuation of the same love of the company and family that his forefathers instilled into the Bacardi culture. Our thoughts and our prayers are with his two sons, his family and the entire Kriz family. They will be greatly missed."