On October 22, 2004, about 1345 eastern standard time, a Beech 1900C, N79YV, registered to Joda LLC, operated by Southern Air Charter, a Bahamian certificated airline, was ditched approximately 80 yards off the southern shoreline of New Providence Island, Nassau, Bahamas. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and a visual flight rules flight plan was filed for the foreign, scheduled commuter flight, operating as flight 204, from Arthur's Town, Cat Island, to Nassau International Airport, Nassau, Bahamas. The airplane was substantially damaged and there were no injuries to the airline transport-rated captain, commercial pilot-rated first officer, or eight passengers. The flight originated about 1318, from Cat Island, Bahamas.

The captain stated that after departure the flight climbed to 8,500 feet, and during cruise flight approximately 28 to 29 miles from the destination airport, the right engine gauges consisting of the ITT, torque, oil temperature and pressure began to decrease, and the engine lost 60 percent power. The engine remained in that state for approximately 3-5 minutes, then the fuel pressure annunciation light illuminated. The right standby fuel pump was activated, the flight continued, and when the flight was approximately 18-19 miles from the destination airport while flying at 5,500 feet, the right engine quit. The right propeller was feathered and the engine was shut down, and air traffic control cleared the flight for a straight in approach to runway 27 at the destination airport. The flight continued and while flying between 3,000 and 3,500 feet, the left engine began similar indications; however, the left engine power decreased to between 30 and 40 percent. Unable to land at the destination airport, the airplane was ditched and all occupants evacuated the airplane.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of the Bahamas. Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Manager of Flight Standards, Bahamas
P.O. Box AP 59244
Nassau, N.P. Bahamas
Phone: (242) 377-3445/3448
Facsimile: (242) 377-6060

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

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