On June 7, 1998, about 0830 eastern daylight time, an Aero Commander 681, N100GL, registered to a private individual, and operated as an unauthorized foreign air taxi flight, landed gear up at Fresh Creek Airport, Andros Island, Bahamas. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed. The airplane was substantially damaged, and the airline transport pilot and seven passengers reported no injuries. The flight originated from the Congo Town Airport approximately 30 minutes before the accident.

The pilot stated that about 40 miles after departure, the passengers alerted him of smoke coming out of the right engine. The pilot declared an emergency with Nassau Center, and informed them of his intentions to land at Fresh Creek Airport. According to the pilot, the smoke stopped 30-50 seconds later. While on approach to land, he was unable to extend the landing gear. The pilot stated that he cycled the gear three to four times without success. He also utilized the emergency extension with negative results, and landed gear up.

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 information purposes only and contains only information obtained for or released by the Bahamian Government.

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