April 03, 2012, Caribbean Ocean, Hawker Beechcraft C90GTx King Air


The airplane was substantially damaged after ditching in the Caribbean Ocean at about 0920 Atlantic time, 17 miles north of Aruba, following a dual loss of engine power during cruise. The airline transport pilot and his pilot-rated passenger were uninjured. Visual conditions prevailed. On April 2, 2012, the pilots took delivery of the new airplane, then departed for Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (FXE), on the first leg of the delivery flight.

During that flight, the pilots diverted to Marianna, Fla., and added 153 gallons of fuel. They then departed for FXE. The next morning, the pilots departed FXE at about 0534. The flight was uneventful until the pilots observed fuel gauges were reading lower than they anticipated. Shortly, they declared an emergency. At 0952, a helicopter arrived at the ditching site and found the airplane still floating and the pilots in a life raft. At 1010, the pilots were hoisted out of the life raft by the helicopter and were flown to Aruba. A ship arrived at the ditching location at 1120 and reported the airplane had sunk.


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