Conquest Air Cargo Convair C-131B plane crash
Off Miami, Florida, USA
The Convair C-131 Samaritan operated by Conquest Air Cargo took off from Nassau, Bahamas, for a cargo flight to Miami, Florida, USA. 2 crewmembers were onboard. The plane was about 10 NM (18km) East of the coast of Florida when both engines failed forcing the crew to ditch the aircraft in the Atlantic ocean. One of the pilots floating in a life raft was lifted to a rescue helicopter, the other pilot was killed.
After taking off from Nassau, the plane climbed to the enroute altitude of 4300 feet (1300 meters). The plane was heading toward Opa-Locka Airport, Florida, USA. As the plane was at around 20 minutes from its destination, both engines failed and the aircraft began to lose altitude. The crew performed a ditching. Photos from the scene suggest the aircraft broke up after it hit the sea: the left-hand wing separated from the fuselage.
The Convair C-131 Samaritan was originally an American twin-engine military transport produced from 1954 to 1956 by Convair. It was the military version of the Convair CV-240 and CV-340 family of airliners.
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