Accident Grumman G-73T Turbo Mallard N2969,
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Date:Monday 19 December 2005
Type:Silhouette image of generic G73T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Grumman G-73T Turbo Mallard
Owner/operator:Chalk's Ocean Airways
Registration: N2969
MSN: J-27
Year of manufacture:1947
Total airframe hrs:31226 hours
Cycles:39743 flights
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34
Fatalities:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Miami, FL -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Miami SPB, FL (MPB)
Destination airport:Bimini-North SPB (NSB)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Chalk's Ocean Airways Flight 110 departed Fort Lauderdale (FLL) at 13:05 and landed at the Miami Seaplane Base about 13:21. The Grumman G-73T Turbo Mallard was then prepared for Flight 101 to Bimini, Bahamas. It took off at 14:38. While climbing past Miami the right wing separated from the fuselage. Escaping fuel ignited as the Mallard came down out of control. It crashed into the mouth of Government Cut channel off the southern tip of Miami Beach and came to rest in 35 feet deep water.
Investigation revealed that the right wing separated from the accident airplane at wing station 34 because of pre-existing fatigue fractures and cracks in the rear Z-stringer, lower skin, and rear spar lower spar cap.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the in-flight failure and separation of the right wing during normal flight, which resulted from (1) the failure of the Chalk’s Ocean Airways maintenance program to identify and properly repair fatigue cracks in the right wing and (2) the failure of the Federal Aviation Administration to detect and correct deficiencies in the company’s maintenance program."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NTSB AAR-07-04
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Download report: Final report



History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
17 April 1984 N2969 Chalk's Int'l Airline, Inc. 0 Ft. Lauderdale, FL min



photo (c) NTSB; Miami; 20 December 2005; (publicdomain)

photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Miami SPB, FL (MPB); March 1983

photo (c) Joseph Handelman; Fort Lauderdale International Airport, FL (FLL); 02 February 2001

photo (c) John Privett; Nassau-Paradise Island-Seaplane Base (WZY); 26 July 2005; (publicdomain)

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