Preliminary Accident Reports

October 2003 Issue

July 13, Treasure Cay, Bahamas / Cessna 402

At about 1530 eastern time, the pilot of a Cessna 402C ditched in the water six miles west of Treasure Cay. The pilot and seven passengers received minor injuries and two passengers died after evacuating the airplane. The pilot said the flight was about 20 miles west of the destination airport at an altitude of 3,500 feet when he spotted oil coming from the right engine. He then heard a “pop” and engine parts came out through the top of the cowling. He feathered the right propeller, and applied full power to the left engine. He said the landing gear and flaps were retracted but he could not maintain altitude. The airplane descended at a rate of about 200 to 300 feet per minute for about five...

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