Date & Time: Nov 24, 1979 at 0208 LT
Type of aircraft:
Convair CV-440 Metropolitan
Landing (descent or approach)
Charter/Taxi (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
Lake, Sea, Ocean, River
Freeport - Fort Lauderdale
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Shortly after takeoff from Freeport-Grand Bahama Airport, while climbing, the crew declared an emergency after a fire erupted in the right main wheel well. The crew was cleared to return for an emergency landing and completed a circuit when the right engine in fire detached and fell away. After touchdown on runway 24, the airplane veered to the right and came to rest in a lagoon. A passenger was seriously injured while 45 other occupants escaped with minor or no injuries. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Fire in the right wheel well for unknown reasons.