NTSB Identification: ATL02WA022
Accident occurred Saturday, December 22, 2001 in Bimini, Bahamas
Aircraft: Cessna C205, registration: N55VX
Injuries: 2 Uninjured.

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

On December 22, 2001, at 1118 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 205, N55VX, ditched near the coast of Bimini, Bahamas. The personal flight was conducted by the private pilot under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 91. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident, and no flight plan was filed. The airplane was substantially damaged; the pilot and passenger were not injured. The flight originated from Marathon Key, Florida.

According to the pilot, he was on a short flight from Marathon Key to Great Harbor, Bahamas and back to Kendall Tamiami Executive airport. The pilot stated when he took off from Marathon Key Airport he had 5 hours of fuel in the airplane. The trip to Great Harbor from Marathon was estimated at 1hour 15 minutes. After take-off from Great harbor, Bahamas, while in cruise flight at approximately 4500 feet, the engine started to sputter. Shortly after the engine sputter, the propeller stopped. After unsuccessfully trying to restart the engine, the pilot radioed mayday on 121.5. The pilot then ditched the airplane near the coast of Bimini.

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

Director of Civil Aviation
P.O. Box N-975
Nassau, N.P., Bahamas
Telephone: (809) 377-7281

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

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