Piper Navajo Chieftain Crash in New Providence, Bahamas
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 southwestern 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 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 en route 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 an engine or power problem prior to the aircraft’s ditching.
Air traffic control acknowledged that the pilot reported having mechanical difficulties.
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. 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.
Photo Credit: Piper Navajo Chieftain PA-31-350 plane, ERIC SALARD