NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


June 20, 2006

As part of its continuing investigation into the in-flight breakup of a seaplane near Miami FL, late last year, the National Transportation Safety Board will open a public docket and release a series of factual reports on Thursday, June 22, 2006, at 11:00 am.

On December 19, 2005, about 2:39 P.M. (EST), a Grumman G-73T Turbo Mallard seaplane (N2969), operated by Chalks Ocean Airways as Flight 101, experienced an in-flight breakup and crashed near Miami FL. The flight had just departed from the Watson's Island seaplane base and was en route to Bimini, Bahamas. The two crewmembers and all 18 passengers on board were fatally injured.

The information being released is factual in nature and does not provide analysis. It will include investigative group factual reports, interview summaries, a cockpit voice recorder report, and other documents from the investigation. Additional material will be added to the docket as it becomes available. Analysis of the accident, along with conclusions and a determination of probable cause, will come at a later date when the final report on the investigation is completed. For news media representatives, a CD-ROM containing the docket material will be available from the Office of Public Affairs, NTSB Headquarters (6th floor), 490 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, D.C., beginning at 11:00a.m., Thursday, June 22, 2006.

Docket material also can be obtained from the NTSB's Records Management Division by calling (202) 314-6551, or from General Microfilm, Inc., (304) 267-5830.

This will be a document release only; no interviews will be conducted.

NTSB Office of Public Affairs: (202) 314-6100



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.