NTSB Identification: MIA98WA041
Accident occurred Thursday, December 04, 1997 in WALKER CAY, Bahamas
Aircraft: Piper PA-31-350, registration: N116PM
Injuries: 1 Minor,6 Uninjured.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On December 4, 1997, about 1715 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-31-350, N116PM, registered to and operated by Amelia Airways, Inc., rolled off the end of the runway on landing at a private airport located on Walker Cay, Bahamas. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and an IFR flight plan was filed for the 14 CFR Part 135 nonscheduled, international, passenger flight. The airplane was substantially damaged and the commercial-rated pilot, and five passengers were not injured. One passenger sustained minor injuries. The flight originated about 1620 from the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

According to an attorney who represents the operator, after touchdown on the wet runway, the airplane began to hydroplane and rolled off the end of the runway onto rough and down sloping terrain. The airplane came to rest upright with the nose section in water. Collapse of the landing gear was not confirmed but structural damage was noted.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government of the Bahamas. Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Director of Civil Aviation, Bahamas P.O. Box N-975 Nassau, N.P. Bahamas Phone: (242) 377-7117

This report is for informational purposes only and contains only information obtained for or released by the Bahamian Government.

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