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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 421A Golden Eagle I off Freeport: 5 killed

Date & Time: Apr 4, 1988 at 0937 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N42A
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Nassau – Freeport
MSN:
421A-0135
YOM:
1968
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
On approach to Freeport Airport, the twin engine airplane went out of control and crashed in the sea few miles offshore. All five occupants were killed.

Crash of a Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain off West End: 6 killed

Date & Time: Mar 26, 1986
Registration:
N3527E
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Kendall-Tamiami – West End
MSN:
31-7952138
YOM:
1979
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Circumstances:
The aircraft failed to arrive at its destination on a VFR flight from Miami, FL, to West End, Bahamas. The aircraft's last reported position was 10 miles west of West End. There was no further contact with the aircraft. US Coast Guard initiated search on march 26, 1986 and suspended search on march 28, 1986. No trace of the aircraft nor the six occupants was found.
Probable cause:
Occurrence #1: missing aircraft
Phase of operation: unknown
Findings
1. (c) reason for occurrence undetermined
Final Report:

Crash of a Douglas DC-3A off Freeport: 34 killed

Date & Time: Sep 12, 1980 at 2058 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N75KW
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
West Palm Beach - Freeport
MSN:
4861
YOM:
1942
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
30
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
34
Captain / Total flying hours:
6600
Captain / Total hours on type:
1700.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
860
Copilot / Total hours on type:
150
Aircraft flight hours:
6700
Circumstances:
N75KW initiated takeoff from West Palm Beach at 19:40. The crew rejected the takeoff, reported that they had no airspeed indication and taxied back to the ramp. It appeared that both pitot tubes were covered or partially covered with a mud dauber's nest. The airspeed indicator then tested ok and the flight took off from runway 09L at 20:35. The crew were cleared to climb to 5,000 feet, to intercept Bahama Route 63V (BR 63V), and to proceed on course. At 20:49:23 Miami center cleared N75KW for the approach to Freeport and to cross the Halbi intersection at 4,000 feet. Around 20:57 Freeport approach control cleared the flight to descend to 1,400 feet for a VOR approach to land on runway 24 at Freeport, which was acknowledged. This was the last radio contact with the flight. The DC-3 descended into the sea in low ceilings, low visibility with moderate turbulence and thunderstorm activity.
Probable cause:
Unable to determine the probable cause of this accident from the available evidence. Although the Board has been unable to determine the probable cause with any degree of precision, the following factors may have contributed:
1) Flight into known thunderstorm activities and turbulence;
2) Pre-existing discrepancies in the pitot/static system of the aircraft and their effect on the reliability of the flight instruments;
3) Lack of operational control exercised by the airline's management.
Final Report:

Crash of a Convair CV-440-86 Metropolitan in Freeport

Date & Time: Nov 24, 1979 at 0208 LT
Operator:
Registration:
N444JM
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Freeport - Fort Lauderdale
MSN:
419
YOM:
1957
Country:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
43
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
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.
Probable cause:
Fire in the right wheel well for unknown reasons.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft B90 King Air off Freeport

Date & Time: Dec 27, 1971 at 1530 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N480K
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Little Whale Cay - Freeport
MSN:
LJ-439
YOM:
1969
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
12300
Captain / Total hours on type:
200.00
Circumstances:
While approaching Freeport, both engines stopped simultaneously. The pilot was able to inform ATC about his position and ditched the aircraft 29 km south of Freeport. The pilot was quickly rescued while the aircraft sank and was lost.
Probable cause:
Failure of both engines in flight due to fuel exhaustion. The following factors were reported:
- Mismanagement of fuel,
- Miscalculated fuel consumption,
- Fuel exhaustion,
- Failure of both engines,
- Pilot stated fuel totalizer showed 387 lbs while fuel gauges showed zero.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft D18S in Freeport

Date & Time: Jan 10, 1970 at 1011 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N44CA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
West Palm Beach – Freeport – Great Harbor Key
MSN:
A-143
YOM:
1946
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
2100
Captain / Total hours on type:
450.00
Circumstances:
Upon landing at Freeport Airport, the airplane went out of control, veered off runway and came to rest. The pilot, sole on board, was uninjured. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Suspected mechanical discrepancy.
Final Report:

Crash of a Lockheed 18 LodeStar in Freeport

Date & Time: Dec 12, 1968 at 0941 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N60G
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
2264
YOM:
1942
Country:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
1790
Captain / Total hours on type:
477.00
Circumstances:
Upon landing at Freeport Airport, one of main landing gear collapsed. The airplane went out of control, veered off runway and came to rest. All 11 occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Undercarriage collapses on landing.
Final Report:

Crash of a Hawker-Siddeley HS.125-1A/522 off Freeport: 1 killed

Date & Time: Nov 22, 1966 at 2014 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N235KC
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Miami – Freeport
MSN:
25096
YOM:
1966
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
6300
Captain / Total hours on type:
152.00
Circumstances:
The pilot departed Miami on a private flight to Freeport with his spouse on board. He did not file any flight plan and failed to ask for a copilot. During a night approach to Freeport Airport, in dark night, the twin engine airplane struck the water surface and crashed into the sea about 7,2 km short of runway, off Pinder Point. The pilot was seriously injured while the passenger's body was not recovered.
Probable cause:
The pilot misjudged altitude and failed to follow the approved procedures. The controlled descent into water was probably the consequence of a instruments misread or failed to read on part of the pilot.
Final Report:

Crash of a Beechcraft AT-11 Kansan in Freeport: 1 killed

Date & Time: Feb 2, 1965 at 1225 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N52933
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Freeport - Freeport
MSN:
968
YOM:
1942
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total hours on type:
200.00
Circumstances:
The pilot, sole on board, was completing a local training flight at Freeport Airport. On final approach, he decided to make a go around when one of the engine failed. The airplane lost speed, stalled and crashed in flames short of runway threshold. The pilot was killed. The airplane was owned by Harold L. Knowles.
Probable cause:
Engine failure on final approach for undetermined reason.
Final Report: