Date & Time: Feb 8, 2019 at 1215 LT
Type of aircraft:
Convair C-131 Samaritan
Operator:
Registration:
N145GT
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Cargo
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Nassau - Miami
MSN:
256
YOM:
1955
Flight number:
QAI504
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
1
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 one pilot was able to climb by himself in the rescue basket and to be airlifted to hospital. Unfortunately, the second pilot is still missing.