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Crash of a Cessna 402C II in Mayaguana: 3 killed

Accident description

  • Apr 4, 2013 at 0030 LT
  • C6-BGJ
  • Landing (descent or approach)
  • Ambulance
  • Yes
  • Airport (less than 10 km from airport)
  • Nassau - Mayaguana
  • 402-0106
  • 1979
  • Mayaguana, Mayaguana
  • Bahamas
  • Central America
  • 2
  • 0
  • 0
  • 3
  • 3
  • Three people were killed when a charter plane collided with a vehicle on the airport runway in the neighboring Bahamian island of Mayaguana. Former MP Sidney Collie told The Nassau Guardian that his mother, Edith Collie, 81; his sister Enamae Collie, who is in her 30s, and her husband, Tim Polowick a Canadian, died in the accident. All were residents of Mayaguana. They were in one of two trucks providing light for the runway because a family member (Sidney Collie's uncle) needed to be airlifted to Nassau for medical reasons, according to Collie. Local night flying is banned on the smaller Family Islands, including Mayaguana, because airports do not have runway lights. Police said the pilot was trying to land with the light of headlamps from two trucks driven up to the runway. The plane's wing hit one truck and it spewed fuel as it spun into the second, which exploded, killing the Collies and Polowick. According to a preliminary report from the Department of Civil Aviation, at approximately 0030LT, a Cessna 402C owned by LeAir Charter Service Ltd with a crew of two on board was making a landing at night for an emergency evacuation flight with two vehicles strategically placed to outline the usable portion of the runway. The aircraft reportedly made contact with one of the vehicles, resulting in the deaths of the three passengers in that vehicle. Hanna-Martin said that an investigative team made up of the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Air Accident Investigation and Prevention Unit of the Department of Civil Aviation was scheduled to fly into Mayaguana at 5 o'clock on Thursday morning.