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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 1954 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:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Aircraft was completing a cargo flight from Miami to Campinas-Viracopos with four crew and was carrying 67 tons of electronics, pharmaceutical chemicals and automotive parts. After landing on runway 15, left main gear broke off, and left engine struck the ground. The left tyre on central main gear burst as well. All four crew were uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Convair CV-580F in Guatemala City

Date & Time: May 11, 2012 at 1811 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N171FL
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Miami - Guatemala City
MSN:
318
YOM:
1956
Flight number:
IFL8138
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Following an uneventful cargo flight from Miami on behalf of Contract Air Cargo, crew started the approach to runway 19 Guatemala City-La Aurora Airport. On landing, nose gear collapsed and the propeller blades on left engine hit the ground, were sheared off and hit the fuselage before penetrating in the cabin. Aircraft slid on runway on a certain distance, veered slightly to the left before coming to rest. Both pilots were uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

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
Site:
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.