In the morning hours of December 2, 2014, a twin-engine Piper Navajo Chieftain aircraft, Model PA 31-350, Bahamian Registration No. C6-Rev, crashed into the waters off the south-western coast of New Providence, Bahamas. The aircraft was reportedly manufactured in 1976. It has also been reported that pilot Ferguson owned the charter company, known as Ferguson Air, operating the charter flight.
There were 11 people on board and it is reported that there was one fatality, an American traveling back home to Massachusetts. Media sources are reporting that other passengers also suffered injuries and were taken to local hospitals.
The plane was enroute from Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera, to Lynden Pindling International Airport. According to published reports, air traffic control acknowledged that the pilot reported having mechanical difficulties, possibly and engine or power problem prior to the aircraft's ditching.
The Bahamas Aircraft Accident Investigation Prevention Unit is leading the investigation at this time. The investigators will undoubtedly examine the aircraft structure, flight controls and the engine as well as review any recent maintenance that may have been performed.
Kreindler & Kreindler LLP has successfully prosecuted claims on behalf of victim's families in accidents involving older multi engine aircraft like the Piper Navajo Chieftain. It is important to understand the legal issues which may affect your rights and recovery in a general aviation case involving charter operations. In addition, there may also be important legal rights involved if the Ferguson Air charter was operated in connection with successive flights to the United States which may trigger duties and obligations under the applicable international treaty known as the Montreal Convention.
Kreindler partner Anthony Tarricone, managing partner of the firm's Boston Massachusetts office, has handled other accident cases involving the Piper Navajo. He can be reached at . Partner Brian Alexander an experienced multi engine pilot is also assisting in examining the issues surrounding this tragic accident.
If you have any questions concerning this accident please contact us at 617-424-9100.