Crash of a Learjet 35A in Freeport: 9 killed

Date & Time: Nov 9, 2014 at 1652 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N17UF
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Nassau - Freeport
MSN:
258
YOM:
1979
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Captain / Total flying hours:
13800
Copilot / Total flying hours:
996
Aircraft flight hours:
12046
Aircraft flight cycles:
10534
Circumstances:
The aircraft crashed into a garbage and metal recycling plant after striking a towering crane in the Grand Bahama Shipyard, while attempting a second landing approach to runway 06 at Freeport International Airport (MYGF), Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas. The aircraft made an initial ILS instrument approach to Runway 06 at the Freeport International Airport but due to poor visibility and rain at the decision height, the crew executed a go around procedure. The crew requested to hold at the published holding point at 2,000 feet while they waited for the weather to improve. Once cleared for the second ILS approach, the crew proceeded inbound from the holding location to intercept the localizer of the ILS system associated with the instrument approach. During the approach, the crew periodically reported their position to ATC, as the approach was not in a radar environment. The crew was given current weather conditions and advised that the conditions were again deteriorating. The crew continued their approach and descended visually while attempting to find the runway, until the aircraft struck the crane positioned at Dock #2 of the Shipyard at approximately 220 feet above sea level, some 3.2 nautical miles (nm) from the runway threshold. A fireball lasting approximately 3 seconds was observed as a result of the contact between the aircraft and the crane. The right outboard wing, right landing gear and right wingtip fuel tank, separated from the aircraft on impact. This resulted in the aircraft travelling out of control, some 1,578 feet (526 yards) before crashing inverted into a pile of garbage and other debris in the City Services Garbage and Metal Recycling Plant adjacent to the Grand Bahama Shipyard. Both crew and 7 passengers were fatally injured. No person on the ground was injured. The crane in the shipyard that was struck received minimal damages while the generator unit and other equipment in the recycling plant received extensive damages.
Probable cause:
The Air Accident Investigation & Prevention Unit (AAIPU) determines that the probable cause(s) of this accident were:
- The poor decision making of the crew in initiating and continuing a descent in IMC below the authorized altitude, without visual contact with the runway environment. Contributing Factors includes:
- Improper planning of the approach,
- Failure of the crew to follow the approved ILS approach while in IMC conditions,
- Insufficient horizontal or vertical situational awareness,
- Poor decision making,
- Deliberate actions of the crew by disabling the terrain alert warning system,
- Inadequate CRM practice.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan in Fort Lauderdale

Date & Time: Jul 6, 2001 at 1900 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N812MA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Freeport-Fort Lauderdale
MSN:
208-0553
YOM:
1996
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3700
Captain / Total hours on type:
1200.00
Aircraft flight hours:
5936

Crash of a Beechcraft E18 in Atlantic Ocean: 1 killed

Date & Time: Aug 28, 1995 at 1331 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N171LG
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Orlando-Freeport
MSN:
BA-427
YOM:
1959
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
7000
Aircraft flight hours:
9497

Crash of a Beechcraft G18 in Fort Lauderdale

Date & Time: Feb 16, 1994 at 0921 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N49K
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Fort Lauderdale-Freeport
MSN:
BA-519
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
8700
Captain / Total hours on type:
5000.00
Aircraft flight hours:
12099

Crash of a Cessna 402 in Sandy Point

Date & Time: Sep 12, 1993 at 1545 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N444KA
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Sandy Point-Freeport
MSN:
402-1085
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0

Crash of a Cessna 421A Golden Eagle I off Freeport: 5 killed

Date & Time: Apr 4, 1988 at 0937 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N42A
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Nassau – Freeport
MSN:
421A-0135
YOM:
1968
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
On approach to Freeport Airport, the twin engine airplane went out of control and crashed in the sea few miles offshore. All five occupants were killed.

Crash of a Cessna 402C off Fort Lauderdale

Date & Time: Sep 23, 1985 at 1242 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N402V
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Freeport - Fort Lauderdale
MSN:
402C-0337
YOM:
1980
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
6435
Captain / Total hours on type:
3100.00
Aircraft flight hours:
3338
Circumstances:
Pilot ditched aircraft in Atlantic Ocean after losing power in both engines. The three occupants escaped uninjured and were picked up by a nearby boat. The aircraft sank in approximately 800 feet of water about 5 minutes after ditching. Post accident inspection of operator records along with a statement from the previous pilot who flew the aircraft revealed that approximately 26 pounds of fuel remained on board the aircraft at the time of the accident. Cessna Aircraft Company representative stated that the cessna 402C aircraft has an unusable fuel capacity of 44.4 pounds in critical flight attitudes and that this figure is lower in more normal attitudes.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: loss of engine power (total) - nonmechanical
Phase of operation: descent - normal
Findings
1. (c) fluid, fuel - exhaustion
2. (c) aircraft preflight - improper - pilot in command
3. (c) fuel consumption calculations - improper - pilot in command
4. (c) refueling - not performed - pilot in command
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Occurrence #2: forced landing
Phase of operation: descent - emergency
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Occurrence #3: ditching
Phase of operation: landing - flare/touchdown
Final Report:

Crash of a Douglas DC-3A off Freeport: 34 killed

Date & Time: Sep 12, 1980 at 2058 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N75KW
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
West Palm Beach - Freeport
MSN:
4861
YOM:
1942
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
30
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
34
Captain / Total flying hours:
6600
Captain / Total hours on type:
1700.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
860
Copilot / Total hours on type:
150
Aircraft flight hours:
6700
Circumstances:
N75KW initiated takeoff from West Palm Beach at 19:40. The crew rejected the takeoff, reported that they had no airspeed indication and taxied back to the ramp. It appeared that both pitot tubes were covered or partially covered with a mud dauber's nest. The airspeed indicator then tested ok and the flight took off from runway 09L at 20:35. The crew were cleared to climb to 5,000 feet, to intercept Bahama Route 63V (BR 63V), and to proceed on course. At 20:49:23 Miami center cleared N75KW for the approach to Freeport and to cross the Halbi intersection at 4,000 feet. Around 20:57 Freeport approach control cleared the flight to descend to 1,400 feet for a VOR approach to land on runway 24 at Freeport, which was acknowledged. This was the last radio contact with the flight. The DC-3 descended into the sea in low ceilings, low visibility with moderate turbulence and thunderstorm activity.
Probable cause:
Unable to determine the probable cause of this accident from the available evidence. Although the Board has been unable to determine the probable cause with any degree of precision, the following factors may have contributed:
1) Flight into known thunderstorm activities and turbulence;
2) Pre-existing discrepancies in the pitot/static system of the aircraft and their effect on the reliability of the flight instruments;
3) Lack of operational control exercised by the airline's management.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft 60 Duke off Pompano Beach

Date & Time: Aug 27, 1980 at 0917 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N354D
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Fort Lauderdale – Freeport
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
1826
Captain / Total hours on type:
109.00
Circumstances:
Few minutes after takeoff from Fort Lauderdale-Executive Airport, while climbing, both engines failed. The pilot elected to ditch the aircraft off Pompano Beach. Both occupants were rescued while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Powerplant failure for undetermined reasons. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Forced landing off airport on water,
- Complete failure both engines.
Final Report: