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Category: <span>Bahamas</span>

Western Air Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Nassau, Bahamas

Western Air flight WT-702 made an emergency landing in Nassau, Bahamas, on February 7th.

The plane was flying from Grand Bahamas International Airport when the crew needed to shut down one of the engines.

The plane continued for a safe landing. All 20 passengers and 3 crew members aboard remained unharmed.

Small Plane Crashed in the Bahamas; Two Killed

A small plane crashed at South Bimini Airport in the Bahamas, on June 19th.

The Piper Aztec 27 plane, carrying two people, went down minutes after it took off from the airport.

Both occupants of the plane were killed in the crash. Their identities have not yet been released.

The accident is being investigated.

JetBlue Flight Lands without Landing Gear in Bahamas

JetBlueJetBlue flight B6-29 had to make an emergency landing at Lynden Pindling International Airport, Nassau, Bahamas on March 25.

The Embraer ERJ, en-route from Washington, DC to Nassau, Bahamas was on approach to runway when the crew reported that the nose gear was inoperable, went around for a while and upon failing to retract the gear, attempted for a landing.

The plane landed successfully.

All 95 people aboard remained unharmed.

Small Plane Crashed Off Of Bimini; Pilot Rescued

SeaA small plane crashed around 5 miles east of South Bimini in the Bahamas, shortly before 2 p.m. on December 22.

The Air Force Rescue Coordination Center authorities informed the Miami Coast Guard 7th District watchstanders about a Cessna which was last seen on radar descending near South Bimini Airport, Bahamas. The Coast Guard watchstanders then deployed an HC-130 Hercules plane which located the submerged aircraft and the pilot shortly before 4 p.m.

The pilot, identified as 43-year-old David Pedroza, of Boca Raton, Florida, was transported to Air Station Miami. Authorities said he was in stable condition.

It is believed that the Cessna was en-route from Norman Cay, Bahamas, to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport when it crashed.

Small Plane Crashed near the Bahamas; 1 Dead, 10 Injured

SeaA Navajo Chieftain aircraft, operated by Ferguson Air and conducting a charter flight for Southern Air, crashed near New Providence Island in the Bahamas on December 2.

The plane took off from Governor’s Harbour in Eleuthera Island and was making an approach to the Lynden Pindling International Airport in New Providence airport when it lost power. According to the police, the pilot informed the authorities that he was facing some problems and attempted to bring the plane near shallow water before it crashed.

A 77-year-old U.S. man was killed in the accident. His identity has not yet been disclosed.

The other 10 people, including the pilot, were injured and were shifted to Doctors Hospital in Nassau.

Prominent Pastor Myles Munroe, Wife Killed in Bahamas Plane Crash

A private Lear 36 Executive aircraft crashed near Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport, Bahamas, on November 9.

The aircraft, which took off from Nassau with 9 people aboard, crashed at around 5 p.m. Authorities said that it struck a shipping container crane while it was trying to land in heavy rain.

According to Ministry of Transport and Aviation, “The Department of Civil Aviation has been advised unofficially that the aircraft was destroyed and that there were no survivors.”

The deceased include a prominent Bahamian pastor Dr. Myles Munroe and his wife Ruth.

The cause of accident remains under investigation.

#Rescue: Three Men in a Boat

seaexpressiiAfter the cargo ship they were in was forced to make an emergency landing, three Miamians were found floating in a boat in the Bahamas, fifteen miles from Bimini.

Pilot Ernie Martin had to land the Cessna 337 on the water when both engines lost fuel. He sustained a small cut that did not require hospitalization.

Passengers Daniel Puig and Javier Avino were aboard after a vacation in Great Harbor Key. Puig credits his seat belt for keeping him from going through the windshield.

All three were rescued by the Sea Express II, a Seacor Island Lines’ cargo ship.

Mayaguana Medical Evacuation Crash Kills 3 in Vehicle

On April 4, 2013 about 12:30 am, a Leair Charter Service Limited Cessna 402C was landing in the process of a medical evacuation and collided with a parked truck being used to illuminate the runway.

The pilot and passenger in the plane survived.

The vehicle caught on fire, killing three occupants. The fatalities are named in the video.

Additionally, the video calls for the need for lights on the runway.

Official statement:
Tragic aviation accident in Mayaguana
The Hon. Glenys Hanna-Martin
Minister of Transport and Aviation
In the early hours of this morning I was informed of an aviation accident in Mayaguana resulting in the tragic death of 3 people. I am advised that all 3 persons are residents of the island of Mayaguana. A preliminary report from the Department of Civil Aviation says that on 4th April, 2013 at approximately 12:30 a.m. a Cessna C402 owned by Leair Charter Service Limited with a crew of 2 on board was making a landing at night for an emergency evacuation flight with two vehicles strategically placed to outline the useable portion of the runway. It is reported that the aircraft made contact with one of the vehicles resulting in the deaths of the 3 passengers in that vehicle.

An investigative team comprising the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Air Accident Investigation and Prevention Unit of the Department of Civil Aviation will fly into Mayaguana at 5 a.m. this morning.

I wish to assure that a full investigation will be carried out by the Department of Civil Aviation into the causes and circumstances surrounding this terrible event. I will report further as information permits. Out of respect for the families, the names of the persons killed will not be disclosed until an official release is made by the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

I extend my heartfelt condolences to the families of these beloved persons and to the wider community of Mayaguana who share in this loss.

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American Killed in Bahama Helicopter Crash

What: Pioneer Caribbean Logistics Limited Twin Star helicopter en route from Marsh Harbour to Baker’s Bay
Where: Great Guana Cay, North Abaco, Bahamas
When: Nov 22, 2012, 1 p.m.
Who: 4 injured, 1 fatality
Why: The party aboard the helicopter was landing at a luxury resort community, Baker’s Bay Golf & Ocean Club on Great Guana Cay, when gusty winds blew the chopper into a spin and out of control. The helicopter’s rotor blades struck the ground near the Baker’s Bay townhomes, and the tail broke off. The pilot was injured, and hospitalized. One passenger, Lance Valdez, died on impact.

Valdez founded Pioneer Capital and lived in New York before he and his family moved to the Bahamas.

Jeffrey Soffer was also aboard the plane. Soffer was injured along with Dan and Paula Riordan. Soffer owns the Fountainebleau Miami Beach, condos in Las Vegas, the Bahamas and Washington D.C and is an investor in Turnberry Associates. Dan Riordan is also with Turnberry. The injured were taken by boat to Marsh Harbour.

From Marsh Harbour, the crash victims were flown by racing-team owner Roger Penske’s private jet to Miami where Soffer and the Riordans were hospitalized at Miami’s Ryder Trauma Center. One of the injured was taken to Nassau.

Civil Aviation Department investigators traveled to Abaco to begin examining the crash. The wreckage has been moved to a secure location. The Bahamas Ministry of Transportation and Aviation has completed its preliminary report on the Abaco helicopter crash. The report indicates that the airframe, engine and propeller manufacturers and designers have been notified of the accident.

Florida Couple Missing in Bahamas

What: Van Auto Inc Beech B36TC Bonanza en route from Bahamas to Florida
Where: Grand Harbor Cay, Berry Islands Bahamas
When: 16-JUL-2012
Who: 2 aboard, 2 fatalities
Why: A Daytona Beach couple, Alan and Kathleen Van Nimwegen departed from Marsh Harbour International Airport about 9 am on Monday and went missing when they lost communications with aviation officials Monday afternoon. The couple regularly made the flight, usually on weekends.

Rescuers are searching Great Harbour Cay, Bahamas, near the Berry Islands where some debris and an oil sheen in the water has been sighted. They lived at a Spruce Creek Fly-In residence. Both were licensed pilots.

The flight is still missing, not to be confused with the Saturday crash of Bahaman pilot Kenneth Carey and passenger, Dexter Adderley en route from Fort Lauderdale to New Providence who crash-landed in Bimini.

Cirrus Ocean Crash, Birmingham Couple in Dramatic Bahama Ocean Rescue

photographer mike holten

What: M & W Aviation LLC Cirrus SR22 GTS en route from Kendall-Tamiami Executive to Port au Prince
Where: Off the coast of Andros, Bahamas
When: Jan 7 2012, 1 pm
Who: 2 aboard, no fatalities
Why: After the Cirrus engine failed, a father and daughter from Birmingham Alabama on a humanitarian mission deployed the plane’s parachute and ended up in a raft in the sea after their airplane crashed two miles off the coast of the Bahamas.

After their distress call to ATC Miami Center of Aircraft Emergency at around 12: 15 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard sent a HC-144 Ocean Sentry on reconnaissance and located their raft. Richard McGlaughlin, 59, and Elaine McGlaughlin, 25 were retrieved from their inflatable onto a Jayhawk chopper.

Bahamas Crash Kills 8

What: Acklins Blue Company Airways Charter Cessna 402 en route from Nassau to San Salvador
Where: Lake Killarney, New Providence Island Bahamas
When: Oct 5 2010 12:20pm.
Who: Eight Bahamian men aboard, 8 fatalities
Why: Not long after takeoff, the plane came down in Nassau’s Lake Killarney just east of the airport. The plane was substantially damaged on impact with Lake Killarney. There were no survivors. Chief Pilot Capt Nelson Hanna and co-pilot Devin Storr went down with the plane. Sound technician of Visage (and son of CN and Evangelist Williams) Nat Williams, was also onboard. BEC technician, Cory Farquarson, set setup technician, Devin Storr, Sasha Mildor, Lavard Curtis and Delon Taylor were also aboard.

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