NTSB Identification: MIA02WA073
Accident occurred Monday, March 18, 2002 in Androstown, Bahamas
Aircraft: Piper PA-23-250, registration:
Injuries: 1 Serious,3 Uninjured.

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

On March 18, 2002, about 0930 eastern standard time, a Piper Aztec PA-23-250, Bahamian registry CG-BGP, operated by a private individual as a personal flight, crashed in the vicinity of Androstown, Andros Island, Bahamas. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The aircraft received substantial damage and one passenger received serious injuries. The commercial rated pilot and two passengers were not injured. The flight originated from Androstown Airport about 5 minutes before the accident.

According to Bahamian authorities, the pilot stated that the left engine stopped producing power and the left propeller went to feather, uncommanded, about 200 feet agl, on departure from Androstown Airport. The pilot attempted a return to the airport, but crashed abeam of the runway on a downwind leg for landing. Examination of the wreckage revealed that the landing gear and flaps were in the landing configuration. The pitch trim was in the takeoff position, and the rudder trim was neutral.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Bahamian Flight Standards Inspectorate, Nassau, Bahamas. For additional information contact:

Flight Standards Inspectorate
Inspector Randy Butler
P. O. Box 8AP59244
Nassau International Airport
Nassau, N.P. , Bahamas
Phone: (242) 377-3445

This report is filed for informational purposes only and contains that information obtained for and released by the Bahamian authorities.

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