Preliminary Accident Reports

April 2002 Issue

January 01, Hollywood, Fla. / Piper Navajo

At about 18:02 eastern time, a Piper PA-31-250 operating as a Part 135 air taxi flight ditched into the Atlantic Ocean about 300 yards from shore. The pilot and three passengers were seriously injured and a fourth passenger died. The aircraft originated from the Bahamas at about 16:35. The pilot initially declared a “minimum fuel” status to Miami Center, then told the tower controller he would have to ditch short of the coastline....

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