On December 6, 1998, about 0915 eastern standard time, a Piper PA-38-112, N9471T, registered to Bug Air Transport Co., operating as a 14 CFR Part 91 personal flight, crashed into a salt marsh 6 miles west of Marsh Harbor International Airport, Abaco, Bahamas, following a sudden engine stoppage. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and a VFR flight plan had been filed. The airplane received substantial damage, and the ATP-rated pilot, the lone occupant, was not injured. The flight originated from Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale International Airport, at about 0720.

According to the pilot, while in descent for landing at Marsh Harbor, between 2,500 feet and 2,300 feet msl, the engine suddenly stopped. Following emergency procedures for an engine failure, he got the engine restarted momentarily, but it stopped again. He felt his only option was to try for a muddy area of the marsh, west of the airport. The airplane nosed over upon impact with the marsh.

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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