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Crash of a Convair C-131B Samaritan off Miami: 1 killed

Date & Time: Feb 8, 2019 at 1215 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N145GT
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Nassau - Miami
MSN:
256
YOM:
1955
Flight number:
QAI504
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
23000
Captain / Total hours on type:
725.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
650
Copilot / Total hours on type:
305
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Nassau-Lynden Pindling Airport at 1113LT back to Opa Locka in Miami after delivering various goods. At 1203LT, while cruising at an altitude of 4,300 feet in good weather conditions, the crew declared an emergency and informed ATC about a double engine failure. The crew elected to ditch the aircraft that crashed into the sea 12 minutes later about 13 miles east of the Bay Harbor Islands. Coast Guards were quickly dispatched on the scene and the copilot aged 28 was able to climb by himself in the rescue basket and to be airlifted to hospital. Unfortunately, the captain aged 68 died. On Feb 22nd 2019 the NTSB released a preliminary report stating the crew had departed Opa Locka for Nassau with 900 gallons of fuel on board but experienced trouble with the left hand propeller control enroute to Nassau when the propeller became stuck at 2,400 rpm. The crew was unable to reset the propeller control. A message sent to maintenance did not transmit. The captain decided that they wouldn't start up for the return flight, if the propeller control had not reset they'd shut down again and wait for maintenance. Both engines and propellers came up normally however and they departed for Opa Locka. Climbing through 4,000 feet the left hand propeller became again stuck at 2,400 rpm. The captain managed to bump the propeller up to 2,700 rpm, equalized power on both engines, levelled off at 4,500 feet, cancelled the IFR flight plan and continued visually to Opa Locka. The flight was uneventful until they began the descent to 1,500 feet. At that point the right hand engine "backfired" and surged. The crew shut the engine down. A short time later the left hand engine also backfired and surged. The captain continued flying the aircraft while the first officer worked the related checklists, however, when they were getting too low and it became clear they had to ditch the captain instructed to declare Mayday and brace for impact.

Crash of a McDonnell Douglas MD-11F in Campinas

Date & Time: Oct 13, 2012 at 1952 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N988AR
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Miami - Campinas
MSN:
48434/476
YOM:
1991
Flight number:
CWC425
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
12900
Copilot / Total flying hours:
5198
Copilot / Total hours on type:
1368
Circumstances:
The airplane took off from Miami International Airport (KMIA), destined for Viracopos Airport (SBKP), with two pilots and a mechanic on board, on a non-regular cargo transport flight. The flight was uneventful up to the moment its landing in SBKP. On the approach for landing on runway 15, the crew performed the IFR ILS Z procedure. The weather conditions were VMC, with the wind coming from 140º at 19kt. When the aircraft was granted clearance to land, the wind strength was 20kt, gusting up to 29kt. The copilot was the Pilot Flying (PF), and the captain was the Pilot Monitoring (PM) at the moment of landing. When the aircraft touched down on the runway after the flare, the left main landing gear collapsed, causing the aircraft to skid on the runway for approximately 800 meters before stopping. There was substantial damage to the left main gear assembly, to the left wing, and left engine. The aircraft stopped within the runway limits. All three crew members were uninjured.
Probable cause:
It was determined that the “the landing gear failed due to overload in the cylinder structure”. The fracture started in the rear section of the cylinder in a connection hole which served as a tension concentration point, and ended in the front part of the cylinder with its breakage into two parts. Following a failure of the right main gear upon landing in Montevideo on 20 October 2009, the right main landing gear was replaced by VARIG Engineering & Maintenance (VEM), but the organization responsible for the research of damage, the specification of the services necessary for the restoration of airworthiness, and the provision of the services that enabled the restoration of the aircraft to an airworthy condition was not identified. The same aircraft parts were subjected to metallurgical analysis at the Boeing Long Beach Materials, Processing and Physics [MP&P] Laboratories, in Huntington Beach, California, USA; and the technical report issued by Boeing highlighted that in one of the points of origin of the failure, the analysis had identified characteristics similar to a pre-crack point, which would have begun earlier, probably due to overload. In the tasks that led to the restoration of the aircraft airworthiness after the accident in Uruguay in 2009 (Hard-Landing), and also in subsequent periodic inspections, the existence of pre-crack traces resulting from a previous overload condition may not have been identified, something that could have resulted in a point of stress concentration.
Final Report:

Crash of a Boeing 737-800 in Kingston

Date & Time: Dec 22, 2009 at 2222 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N977AN
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Washington DC - Miami - Kingston
MSN:
29550/1019
YOM:
2001
Flight number:
AA331
Country:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
148
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft departed Washington DC-Ronald Reagan for a regular schedule flight to Kingston, Jamaica, with an intermediate stop in Miami. On approach by night and poor weather conditions, crew was cleared to land on runway 30. The crew requested to land on runway 12 and were subsequently cleared to land on that runway with the controller further advising the crew that the runway was wet and with a tailwind of 26 km/h. After landing, aircraft did not decelerate as expected, overrun, went through a fence and came to rest near the beach, broken in three. All 154 occupants were evacuated, among them 91 were injured. Aircraft was destroyed.
Probable cause:
Jamaican Director General of Civil Aviation Col. Oscar Derby, stated in the week following the accident, that the jet touched down about halfway down the 8,910-foot (2,720 m) runway. He also noted that the 737-800 was equipped with a head-up display. Other factors that were under investigation included "tailwinds, and a rain soaked runway;" the runway in question was not equipped with rain-dispersing grooves common at larger airports.
The aircraft held a relatively heavy fuel load at the time of landing; it was carrying enough fuel for a round trip flight back to the US.
The FDR later revealed that the aircraft touched down some 4,100 feet (1,200 m) down the 8,910-foot (2,720 m) long runway. Normally touchdown would be between 1,000 feet (300 m) and 1,500 feet (460 m).
The aircraft was still traveling at 72 miles per hour (116 km/h) when it departed the end of the runway.
The aircraft landed with a 16 miles per hour (26 km/h) tailwind, just within its limit of 17 miles per hour (27 km/h).

Crash of a Boeing 747-200 in Bogota: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jul 7, 2008 at 0352 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N714CK
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Bogota-Miami
MSN:
22446/519
YOM:
1981
Country:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Captain / Total flying hours:
8874
Captain / Total hours on type:
2874.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
11373
Copilot / Total hours on type:
2853
Aircraft flight hours:
90613
Circumstances:
Shortly after take off, crew informed ATC about engine fire and requested to return to Bogota-El Dorado airport. Later, the aircraft lost height and hit a farm before crashing in an open field ocated 20 km west of Bogota. All eight crew members were seriously injured while 3 people living in the farm were killed.

Crash of a Douglas DC-8 in Miami

Date & Time: Feb 4, 2007 at 2255 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HK-4277
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Medellin-Miami
MSN:
45976/372
YOM:
1968
Flight number:
TPA724
Location:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On landing on runway 09, after reverse were deployed, the right main landing gear broke off. The aircraft veered on its right and stopped further on. The aircraft was considered as damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Boeing 747-200 in Medellin

Date & Time: Jun 7, 2006 at 0702 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N922FT
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Medellin-Miami
MSN:
22768
YOM:
1982
Flight number:
TDX444
Country:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Aircraft flight hours:
78767
Circumstances:
During takeoff run, the crew decided to abort due to engine problem. On a wet runway, the aircraft could not be brought to a normal stop, overran the runway and lost its nose gear. All occupants escaped without injury but the aircraft was written off.

Crash of a Douglas DC-10 in Managua

Date & Time: Jun 4, 2006 at 0510 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N68047
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Miami-Managua
MSN:
47801/98
YOM:
1973
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On landing on runway 09 (2,450 m long), the aircraft did not decelerate correctly. It overran the runway by 350 metres and lost partially engines number one and three. Nose gear collapsed and the aircraft also sufferred serious damage to the forward fuselage. About 50 tons of chemical and toxic products were on board.

Crash of a Grumman G-73 Turbo Mallard off Miami: 20 killed

Date & Time: Dec 19, 2005 at 1439 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N2969
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Miami-Bimini
MSN:
J-27
YOM:
1947
Flight number:
OP101
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
18
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
20
Captain / Total flying hours:
2830
Captain / Total hours on type:
1630.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1420
Copilot / Total hours on type:
71
Aircraft flight hours:
31226
Aircraft flight cycles:
39743
Circumstances:
Few minutes after takeoff from Miami hydrobase, the amphibian aircraft plunged into the sea few hundred metres off shore. It seems that an explosion occurred inflight and that the aircraft lost right wing. All occupants were killed. This accident is the worse involving a Grumman G-73 Turbo Mallard.

Crash of a Convair CV-340 in Miami

Date & Time: Dec 4, 2004 at 0851 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N41626
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Miami-Nassau
MSN:
274
YOM:
1955
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3100
Captain / Total hours on type:
2400.00
Aircraft flight hours:
18465
Circumstances:
Five minutes after his departure from Miami-Opa Locka airport, the pilot informed ATC about technical problem with left engine (vibration and smoke). The crew tried to feather the propeller but without success, so it was decided to ditch the aircraft in the Maule Lake, northeast of Miami Beach. It appears that the left engine failed due do bad maintenance. Aircraft was also overloaded.

Crash of a Douglas DC-10 in Bogota

Date & Time: Apr 28, 2004 at 0356 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N189AX
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Miami-Bogota
MSN:
48277
YOM:
1981
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Aircraft flight hours:
77864
Aircraft flight cycles:
12224
Circumstances:
After landing on runway 13L (3'800 meters long), the aircraft did not stop on time. It overran and hurt an ILS antenna before loosing 2 engines (n° 1 & 3) and left stabilizer. Nobody was hurt among the crew but the aircraft was written off. It is reported that the aircraft hit a pot hole in the runway.