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 Convair VC-131H Samaritan at Dothan AFB: 4 killed

Date & Time: Nov 15, 1985
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
542817
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Dothan - Dothan
MSN:
221
YOM:
1955
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The crew (two pilots and two engineers) departed Dothan AFB for a local post maintenance test flight. Just after liftoff, the elevators jammed. The aircraft went out of control and crashed. All four occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Elevators jammed on takeoff for unknown reasons.

Crash of a Convair C-131F Samaritan off Jacksonville NAS: 14 killed

Date & Time: Apr 30, 1983 at 1209 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
141010
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Jacksonville – Guantánamo
MSN:
293
YOM:
1955
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
14
Circumstances:
After takeoff from Jacksonville-Towers Field NAS, while climbing, the left engine failed. The crew declared an emergency and was cleared to return. On final approach, the airplane crashed in the St Johns River about 125 yards short off shore. The aircraft came to rest in shallow waters and was destroyed. A passenger was rescued while 14 other occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Failure of the left engine during initial climb or unknown reasons.

Crash of a Convair HC-131A Samaritan in Corpus Christi

Date & Time: Jan 18, 1982
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
52-5786
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Corpus Christi - Corpus Christi
MSN:
53-6
YOM:
1954
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a local training flight at Corpus Christi Airport. Following an approach in reduced visibility due to foggy conditions, the airplane landed hard on runway 10R. Upon touchdown, the aircraft went out of control, veered off runway and came to rest. All eight crew members evacuated safely while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Convair C-131E Samaritan in Dillingham

Date & Time: Jun 4, 1981 at 1617 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N121CA
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dillingham - Anchorage
MSN:
342
YOM:
1956
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
9500
Captain / Total hours on type:
630.00
Circumstances:
After takeoff from Dillingham Airport, while on a company ferry flight to Anchorage, the right engine surged at meto power and the crew was forced to shut it down. The decision to return was taken and the crew followed a circuit pattern then started the descent. On final approach, the airplane descended into trees and crashed in a wooded area located few hundred yards short of runway 01. The aircraft was destroyed while all three occupants escaped with minor injuries.
Probable cause:
Engine malfunction during initial climb after exhaust stacks failed. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Material failure,
- Leak,
- Power indicators failure,
- Governors malfunction,
- Overheated, erratic,
- The pilot-in-command failed to follow approved procedures,
- Right engine fire warning light during takeoff,
- Engine surged at meto power,
- Exhaust stack broken,
- Bmep conduit overheated.
Final Report: