Factual Reports: Crew ditched Beech 1900 in the Bahamas

 - January 29, 2007, 10:51 AM

Raytheon Beech 1900C, Nassau, Bahamas, Oct. 22, 2004–The pilots of Beech 1900 N79YV, operated by Southern Air Charter, a Bahamian certified airline, ditched the airplane approximately 80 yards off the southern shoreline of New Providence Island. The flight was on a VFR flight plan in VMC and was operating, from Arthur’s Town, Cat Island, to Nassau International Airport. The airplane was substantially damaged, but no one was injuried.

The flight had climbed to 8,500 feet, and approximately 29 miles from the destination airport, the right engine gauges began to decrease, and the engine lost 60 percent power. The engine remained at that power for approximately three to five minutes, then the fuel pressure annunciation light came on. The crew activated the right standby fuel pump, and when the airplane was approximately 18 to 19 miles from the destination airport, at 5,500 feet, the right engine quit. The crew feathered the right propeller and shut the engine down, and ATC cleared the flight for a straight-in approach to Runway 27 at Nassau. At 3,000 and 3,500 feet, the left engine began similar indications; however, the left engine power decreased to between 30 and 40 percent. Unable to make it to the airport, the pilots ditched the airplane and evacuated all the occupants.

The government of the Bahamas is investigating the accident.