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Crash of a Cessna 208 Caravan in Bahamas

Date & Time: Dec 20, 2007 at 1700 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N954PA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Higuero-West Palm Beach
MSN:
208-0556
YOM:
1996
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The single engine aircraft was returning to West Palm Beach, Florida, after a special flight to the Dominican Republic on behalf of a Humanitarian organization. While cruising off Andros Island at 12,000 feet, crew informed ATC about engine problem and tried to divert to the nearest airport. Few minutes later, crew ditched the aircraft off shore. Both occupants were rescued by a sailboat and the aircraft sunk.

Crash of a Cessna 441 Conquest in Palm Beach: 1 killed

Date & Time: Dec 30, 2003 at 1115 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N111RC
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Boca Raton-West Palm Beach
MSN:
441-0188
YOM:
1981
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
5832
Aircraft flight hours:
4036
Circumstances:

On approach, the twin engine aircraft crashed into a lake near Greenacres City. During the last minute flight, the aircraft passed from 2,500 feet and 106 knots to 200 feet and 64 knots before stalling and crashing.

Crash of a Cessna 414 Chancellor in Fort Myers: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jun 26, 2003 at 1251 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N749AA
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
West Palm Beach-Fort Myers
MSN:
414-0049
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
972
Aircraft flight hours:
1710
Circumstances:
The aircraft was performing a charter flight from West Palm Beach to Fort Myers, Florida. While approaching North Fort Myers, the twin engine aircraft suddenly dove into the ground and crashed on a mobile home. Two occupants were killed and nobody on the ground was injured. The cause of the accident is undetermined.

Crash of a Gulfstream GV in West Palm Beach

Date & Time: Feb 14, 2002 at 0649 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N777TY
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
West Palm Beach-Teterboro
MSN:
508
YOM:
1996
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
13280
Captain / Total hours on type:
1227.00
Aircraft flight hours:
1945
Circumstances:
After takeoff bound for Teterboro on a ferry flight, pilots encountered problem to raise undercarriage. They elected to return to West Palm Beach but on short final, the aircraft hit violently the runway surface and the right landing gear punctured the right wing and the aircraft came to rest on runway. It appears that an engineer made a control of the Maintenance Data Acquisition Unit and disengaged the weight-on-wheel system. Before release the aircraft, the engineer forgot to reengage the WOW system.

Crash of a Beechcraft King Air 90 in West Palm Beach: 8 killed

Date & Time: Sep 3, 1999 at 0325 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N338AS
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Pontiac-Boca Raton
MSN:
LJ-0493
YOM:
1970
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Captain / Total flying hours:
11562
Captain / Total hours on type:
200.00
Aircraft flight hours:
9000

Crash of a Beechcraft Beechjet 400 in Beckley

Date & Time: Apr 17, 1999 at 1451 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N400VG
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
West Palm Beach-Beckley
MSN:
RK-113
YOM:
1996
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
4719
Captain / Total hours on type:
107.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
6250
Copilot / Total hours on type:
148
Aircraft flight hours:
1215

Crash of a Cessna 402 in West Palm Beach

Date & Time: Apr 3, 1998 at 1705 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N400AR
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Marsh Harbor-West Palm Beach
MSN:
402-0338
YOM:
1972
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
6120
Captain / Total hours on type:
350.00

Crash of a Boeing 737-300 in Pittsburgh: 132 killed

Date & Time: Sep 8, 1994 at 1903 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N513AU
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Chicago-Pittsburgh-West Palm Beach
MSN:
23699
YOM:
1987
Flight number:
US427
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
127
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
132
Captain / Total flying hours:
12000
Captain / Total hours on type:
3269.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
9119
Copilot / Total hours on type:
3644
Aircraft flight hours:
23846
Aircraft flight cycles:
14489

Crash of a Rockwell Aero Commander 500 in the Atlantic Ocean

Date & Time: Aug 4, 1991 at 1722 LT
Registration:
N3840C
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Walker Cay - West Palm Beach
MSN:
500-698
YOM:
1958
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
2310
Captain / Total hours on type:
296.00
Aircraft flight hours:
7089
Circumstances:
While in level flight the pilot reported both engines failed and all attempts to restart them were unsuccessful. The pilot then ditched the airplane in the ocean, and it sank and was not recovered. The pilot and three passengers were rescued 2 days later. According to fuel consumption estimates there should have been adequate fuel for the entire flight and a reserve.
Probable cause:
An inflight loss of power of both engines for undetermined reasons followed by a ditching in the ocean.
Final Report:

Crash of a Cessna 414A Chancellor in Bloomville: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 22, 1988 at 2030 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N84UM
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Pontiac - West Palm Beach
MSN:
414A-0825
YOM:
1981
Location:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
1336
Aircraft flight hours:
1987
Circumstances:
Approximately 2 minutes after the flight (N84UM) had climbed and leveled at FL290, the ARTCC controller noticed there was no return from the aircraft's transponder. The controller transmitted an advisory, but got no reply. He made several more radio calls and received 2 replies. Later, a review of the radio transcript indicated the pilot's 1st reply was something about 'ice.' In his 2nd response to an inquiry from the controller about 'how do you hear me,' he replied 'good.' After that there was no further contact with the flight. Wreckage from the aircraft was found scattered over a 6 miles area, indicating an in-flight breakup. Pieces from the horizontal stabilizers were found from 2 to 6 miles from the main wreckage. The right wing was found 2 miles from the main wreckage and the left outboard wing panel was found about 1 mile from the right wing. During a preflight briefing, the pilot was advised of turbulences and icing conditions; he was told to expect light to moderate rime icing in clouds thru 15,000 feet, but the aircraft was equipped for flight in icing conditions. A check of the pilot's liver fluid showed a benzoylecgonine (cocaine metabolite) level of 0.136 mg/l. Both occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: in flight encounter with weather
Phase of operation: climb
Findings
1. Light condition - dark night
2. (f) weather condition - clouds
3. (f) weather condition - icing conditions
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Occurrence #2: loss of control - in flight
Phase of operation: cruise
Findings
4. (c) aircraft control - not maintained - pilot in command
5. (f) impairment (drugs) - pilot in command
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Occurrence #3: airframe/component/system failure/malfunction
Phase of operation: descent - uncontrolled
Findings
6. (c) design stress limits of aircraft - exceeded - pilot in command
7. Horizontal stabilizer surface - overload
8. Horizontal stabilizer surface - separation
9. Wing - overload
10. Wing - separation
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Occurrence #4: in flight collision with terrain/water
Phase of operation: descent - uncontrolled
Final Report: