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Date:02-DEC-2014
Time:08:45 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain
Owner/operator:Ferg's Air Charter
Registration: C6-REV
MSN: 31-7652062
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Category:Accident
Location:6 miles SW of Clifton Pier, Nassau, New Providence Islands -   Bahamas
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Governors Harbour, Eleuthera, Bahamas (GHB/MYEM)
Destination airport:Lynden Pindling International Airport, Nassau, Bahamas (NAS/MYNN)
Investigating agency: AAIPU
Narrative:
On December 2, 2014, about 08:45 EST (Eastern Standard Time), a Piper PA-31-350, Bahamian registration C6-REV, operated as Southern Air Flight 302, was destroyed after ditching and submerging in the ocean after a loss of engine power on its right engine while maneuvering for landing at Lynden Pindling International Airport (MYNN), Nassau, Bahamas.

Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and visual flight rules flight plan was filed. The passenger flight departed from Governers Harbour, Eleuthera (MYEM), Bahamas at 08:20 EST. The pilot and passengers successfully egressed the airplane and were rescued, but one 77-year old passenger later died due to a medical emergency.

According to the Air Accident Investigation & Prevention Unit (AAIPU) of the Bahamas Civil Aviation Department, the airplane was on a visual approach to MYNN when it experienced "landing gear problems." The pilot conducted a fly-by of the air traffic control tower to gain visual confirmation of the status of the landing gear before he maneuvered for a second attempt to land. While maneuvering, the right engine stopped producing power.

The pilot reported that it then became "difficult to maintain altitude" and that he was forced to perform an emergency landing to the water 6 miles from shore.

3.2 PROBABLE CAUSE
The AAIPU determines that the probable causes of this accident as:
- Engine failure and the inability of the aircraft to maintain a safe altitude.

Sources:

NTSB
2. https://www.bahamaslocal.com/newsitem/113853/Plane_Crash_in_the_Clifton_Pier_Area.html
3. http://www.tribune242.com/news/2015/mar/03/engine-failure-and-landing-gear-blamed-clifton-cra/
4. https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?id=181920128512011&story_fbid=818321181538566
5. https://www.kreindler.com/Recent-Aviation-Accident-Investigations/Piper-Navajo-Chieftain-crash-in-New-Providence-Bahamas.shtml
6. http://bahamaspress.com/2015/03/03/statement-on-that-plane-crash-at-clifton-pier/
7. https://6f0351cf-8d71-43fe-8c35-5f33d1ae82bf.filesusr.com/ugd/fbeb16_d244bc3cb82e4d219cfb3de678afc006.pdf

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AAIPU
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Dec-2014 17:29 Rumbachtaler Added
02-Dec-2014 17:30 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration]
02-Dec-2014 17:31 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Source]
02-Dec-2014 18:32 Geno Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
10-Jan-2015 00:01 Geno Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Phase, Source, Narrative]
07-Sep-2017 13:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Narrative]
22-Oct-2017 21:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Oct-2017 21:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
09-May-2020 07:30 KagurazakaHanayo Updated [Source, Narrative]
09-May-2020 07:32 harro Updated [Source, Accident report, ]

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