NTSB Identification: MIA02WA063
Accident occurred Saturday, February 16, 2002 in Paradise Island, Bahamas
Aircraft: Grumman G-73T, registration: N130FB
Injuries: 6 Uninjured.

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

On February 16, 2002 about 1310 eastern standard time, a Grumman G-73T, N103FB, operated by Chalk's Ocean Airlines, flight 509, as a 14 CFR Part 121 scheduled flight, impacted with the water while landing at Paradise Island, Bahamas. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time. A VFR flight plan was filed. The airplane was substantially damaged. The flight crew of two and four passengers reported no injuries. The flight had originated from Fort Lauderdale International Airport, Florida at 1200.

According to the Captain's report, the first officer (FO) was at the controls at the time of the accident. During the approach the captain observed boat traffic along with waves in the landing area. The FO descended to just above the water, and started to "skip across [the water]..…reduced power and called for flaps up in a confused sea condition." The captain immediately responded by saying, "it's really rough here," and he instructed the FO to add power. The airplane landed in the water and became airborne again due to " ..…the sea condition..…flaps being at 30 degrees and being at partial engine power." The captain said that the "aircraft left the water in a nose high attitude and left wing low." The airplane re-contacted the water with the left float and left side the fuselage coming down first. After passing all the boat waves, the captain noticed that the "..…left float had been damaged and bent inwards towards the fuselage." The captain stated, "..…I should have exercised my pilot-in-command authority and should have either gone around or landed in calmer water."

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Department of Civil Aviation, Nassau, Bahamas. Any further information 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 filed for informational purposes only and contains that information released by the Bahamian authorities.


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