Crash of a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain off Clifton Pier: 1 killed

Date & Time: Dec 2, 2014 at 0850 LT
Operator:
Registration:
C6-REV
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Governor’s Harbour – Nassau
MSN:
31-7652062
YOM:
1976
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft left Governor’s Harbour's Airport at 0820LT bound for Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport. While approaching his destination and flying along the west coast of New Providence Island, the pilot informed ATC about technical problems and told the passengers he was attempting to ditch the aircraft that crashed into the sea some 550 feet off Clifton Pier. A passenger aged 77 was killed while all ten other occupants were rescued.

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 402C II in Mayaguana: 3 killed

Date & Time: Apr 4, 2013 at 0030 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C6-BGJ
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Nassau - Mayaguana
MSN:
402-0106
YOM:
1979
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
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.

Crash of a Beechcraft King Air A100 in Deadmans Cay

Date & Time: Mar 9, 2012 at 1410 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N70JL
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Nassau - Deadmans Cay
MSN:
B-87
YOM:
1971
Country:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Aircraft was operating a charter flight from Nassau-Lynden Pindling Airport to Deadmans Cay and left Nassau around 1 PM. On approach, crew encountered technical problems and was unable to lower the gear. Captain eventually decided to perform a belly landing. Aircraft skidded on runway for several yards and veered off runway before coming to rest. While all occupants escaped uninjured, aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Beechcraft 18 in Nassau: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 14, 2010 at 1510 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N38L
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Fort Lauderdale-Nassau
MSN:
51132
YOM:
1953
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
On approach to Nassau-Lynden Pindling airport in bad weather conditions, aircraft crashed into the sea few kilometres off shore. Both pilots were killed. Aircraft was approaching runway 27 in a cold front when accident occurred.

Crash of a Cessna 402C in Nassau: 9 killed

Date & Time: Oct 5, 2010 at 1220 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C6-NLH
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Nassau - San Salvador
MSN:
402C-0458
YOM:
1981
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Captain / Total flying hours:
10000
Circumstances:
Shortly after take off from Nassau Airport, twin engine aircraft banked left and crashed into lake Killarney, few km from Airport. All nine occupants were killed. According to witnesses, black smoke emanating from the left engine shortly after rotation.

Ground accident of a Saab 340 in Nassau

Date & Time: Jan 7, 2010 at 1145 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
C6-SBE
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Nassau - Marsh Harbour
MSN:
099
YOM:
1987
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Two crew took place in the cockpit to prepare the aircraft for a scheduled commercial service to Marsh Harbour. In unknown circumstances, all three landing gear failed simultaneously and aircraft fall on the ground. Both occupants were uninjured while the aircraft was withdrawn from use. It is not known if the retraction of all undercarriage is due to a mechanical failure or a mistake on part of the crew.
Probable cause:
Gear retraction on ground.

Crash of a Rockwell Aero Commander 500 in Alice Town

Date & Time: Jun 9, 2008 at 1401 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N501AP
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Nassau-Fort Lauderdale
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:

After dropping 3 pax in Nassau, the pilot was returning to his base in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. While cruising over Bimini Island, the right engine failed. The pilote decided to divert to Alice Town airport but the left engine also failed. The pilot eventually made an emergency landing in water, half a mile off Bimini. The pilot was rescued but the aircraft sunk by 40 feet of water.

Crash of a Beechcraft H18 in Fort Lauderdale

Date & Time: Sep 21, 2007 at 1328 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N123MD
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Fort Lauderdale - Nassau
MSN:
BA-701
YOM:
1964
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3700
Captain / Total hours on type:
450.00
Aircraft flight hours:
13066
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff onto a highway, half a mile from the airport. The pilot was injured while the aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Britten-Norman Islander in Nassau

Date & Time: Jun 27, 2007 at 1700 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N133RS
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Little White Cay - Nassau
MSN:
0606
YOM:
1970
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On final approach to Nassau international Airport, the twin engine aircraft crashed in a field half mile short of runway 14. The pilot escaped uninjured but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. It appears that left engine failed enroute while the right engine quit on final.
Probable cause:
Double engine failure.