Crash of a Cessna 401 in Salt Cay

Date & Time: Jul 24, 2009 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VQ-TLG
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While turning around Salt Cay Island, Bahamas, pilot made an emergency landing off shore. He was rescued while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. Exact circumstances unknown.

Crash of a Britten-Norman Trislander off Turks and Caicos Islands: 12 killed

Date & Time: Dec 15, 2008 at 1645 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N650LP
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Santiago de los Caballeros - Abraham's Bay - New York
MSN:
1029
YOM:
1976
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
11
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
12
Circumstances:
The aircraft was making a charter flight from Santiago to New York with an intermediate stop at Abraham's Bay, Mayaguana Island (Bahamas). The flight departed Santiago-Cibao Airport, Dominican Republic, at 1605LT. Thirty-five minutes later, while cruising off Turks & Caicos Islands, the pilot sent a brief mayday message and the aircraft crashed 16 miles off shore. SAR teams and US Cost Guards did not find any trace of the aircraft and all 12 occupants were considered as deceased.

Crash of a Beechcraft Super King Air 200 in East Bay Cay: 1 killed

Date & Time: Feb 6, 2007 at 1842 LT
Operator:
Registration:
VQ-TIU
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
East Bay Cay - Grand Turk
MSN:
BL-0131
YOM:
1989
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
8500
Captain / Total hours on type:
394.00
Aircraft flight hours:
24578
Aircraft flight cycles:
31684
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was making an insular charter flight with 8 pax and one pilot on board. On final approach, the aircraft crashed in a mud and mush terrain short of the runway, on East Bay Cay Island, North Caicos. All 8 passengers were injured while the pilot was killed.

Crash of a Piper PA-31-310 Navajo off Providenciales

Date & Time: Jul 10, 1993 at 1015 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N36L
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Cap Haïtien - Great Inagua
MSN:
31-10
YOM:
1967
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
2027
Captain / Total hours on type:
380.00
Circumstances:
On July 10, 1993, about 1015 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-31, N36L, registered to and operated by the Schaked Corporation, experienced total loss of power from both engines due to fuel exhaustion and was ditched about 18 nautical miles south of the Providenciales Airport, Turks and Caicos Islands, while on a personal flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and a VFR flight plan was filed. The airplane has not been recovered and is presumed to be destroyed. The airline transport-rated pilot and commercial pilot-rated passenger sustained minor injuries. The flight originated about 0900 from Cap Haitien, Haiti. The day before the accident flight, the fuel tanks were filled and the airplane was then flown for about 2 hours. After landing, the pilot requested an auxiliary power unit (APU) for the following morning to jump start the engines due to electrical system problems. The pilot further stated that during the airplane preflight, he visually determined that the fuel tanks were 1/2 full. The APU was used to start the engines and about 20 minutes after departure, the electrical system failed. The flight continued and about 44 minutes later, Grand Turk Approach Control was contacted using a hand held radio. A clearance to land was requested and the controller was advised that the airplane was low on fuel. The controller advised the crew that the flight was about 60 miles east of the airport and the Providenciales Airport was about 31 miles north of their position. The flight proceeded directly to that airport and shortly thereafter, the pilot stated that the left engine failed due to fuel exhaustion. About 5 minutes later, the right engine failed due to the same reason. The airplane was ditched and the occupants were rescued about 7 hours after the ditching. According to the pilot-rated passenger, the pilot reset the alternators and voltage regulators after contact was established with the approach control facility.
Probable cause:
Total loss of engine power from both engines due to fuel exhaustion after the pilot became lost/disoriented. Contributing to the accident was the delay by the pilot-in-command to execute the emergency procedure by resetting the alternators and voltage regulators following total failure of the electrical system. Also contributing to the accident was the operation of the airplane by the pilot-in-command with known deficiencies in equipment.
Final Report:

Crash of a Grumman G-21A Goose off Turks and Caicos Islands

Date & Time: Dec 15, 1992
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N3116T
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
B104
YOM:
1944
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After landing in the west part of the Turks & Caicos Islands, the seaplane collided with reef and sank in deep water. All four occupants were rescued.

Crash of a Cessna 401 in Cockburn Town: 1 killed

Date & Time: Aug 3, 1989 at 1815 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
N277A
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Cockburn Town - Five Cays
MSN:
401-0043
YOM:
1967
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances after takeoff from Cockburn Town Airport. The pilot, sole on board, was killed.

Crash of a Douglas DC-4 in Cockburn Harbour

Date & Time: Jan 31, 1985
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N88939
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
18397
YOM:
1944
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On final approach to Cockburn Harbour Airport runway 29, the four engine struck the ground and crashed, bursting into flames. There were no casualties.

Crash of a Curtiss C-46A-6'-CK Commando off Cockburn Town

Date & Time: Sep 12, 1979 at 0615 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N7768B
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Miami - Cockburn Town - Charlotte Amalie
MSN:
467
YOM:
1945
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
9023
Captain / Total hours on type:
6044.00
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Cockburn Town Airport runway 11, while in initial climb, one of the engine failed. The crew attempted an emergency landing and ditched the aircraft in a lagoon, about 1,6 km from the runway end. The airplane came to rest in shallow water and was damaged beyond repair. All three occupants escaped uninjured.
Probable cause:
Engine failure for unknown reasons.
Final Report:

Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2A-21 Islander off Turks and Caicos Islands: 10 killed

Date & Time: Dec 26, 1978
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
HH-CNB
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Cockburn Harbour - Cockburn Town
MSN:
442
YOM:
1975
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Circumstances:
En route from Cockburn Harbour to Cockburn Town, the copilot declared an emergency after an engine failed in flight. The airplane lost height and crashed into the sea off Turks and Caicos Islands. All 10 occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Engine failure for undetermined reasons.

Crash of a Convair CV-440 Metropolitan off Turks and Caicos Islands

Date & Time: Jul 14, 1978
Operator:
Registration:
N4809C
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
95
YOM:
1953
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances off Turks & Caicos Islands. There were no casualties while the aircraft sank and was lost.