Preliminary Accident Reports

December 2011 Issue

October 2, 2011, Ewell, Md., Temco GC-1B Swift

At about 1545 Eastern time, the airplane was substantially damaged during a ditching in the Chesapeake Bay following loss of engine power. Both the airline transport pilot and the passenger successfully exited the airplane. After the ditching, the pilot and passenger attempted to swim to Smith Island; The pilot survived with minor injuries. The passenger was unable to complete the swim and died. Visual conditions prevailed.

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