NTSB Identification: MIA99WA262
Accident occurred Thursday, September 09, 1999 in NICHOLLS TOWN, Bahamas
Aircraft: Piper PA-31-310, registration: N6579L
Injuries: 7 Uninjured.
This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.
On September 9, 1999, about 1915 eastern daylight time, a Piper PA-31-310, N6579L, registered to Webs Palnes, Inc., operating as a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight, crashed about 50 yards east of San Andros Airport, Andros Island, Bahamas, following an inflight explosion and cockpit fire. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a VFR flight plan was filed. The airplane was destroyed by ground fire and the commercially-rated pilot and six passengers were not injured. The flight originated from Nassau, New Providence, about 1910.
According to the pilot, at about 15 miles from his destination, San Andros, he heard a loud explosion from under the floor, and then experienced fire in the cockpit. Attempts at extinguishing the fire were negative and he began to lose engine power. He tried to make the runway at San Andros, but impacted mangrove growth east of the airport, instead. He stated he thought the problem may have been a short circuit in electrical wiring under the airplane's floorboards.
The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Civil Aviation, Nassau, Bahamas. This report is filed for informational purposes only and contains that information released by the Bahamian authorities. For additional information contact:
Director of Civil Aviation, Bahamas P. O. Box N-975 Nassau, N. P. Bahamas Phone: (242) 377-7117
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