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Last updated: 22 January 2019
Status:Final
Date:Friday 22 October 2004
Time:13:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic B190 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft 1900C
Operator:Southern Air Charter
Registration: N79YV
C/n / msn: UB-41
First flight: 1985
Total airframe hrs:26397
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-65B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:0,1 km (0.1 mls) S off New Providence Island (   Bahamas)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Arthur's Town Airport (ATC/MYCA), Bahamas
Destination airport:Nassau International Airport (NAS/MYNN), Bahamas
Flightnumber: 204
Narrative:
Southern Air Charter Flight 204 departed Arthur's Town Airport on Cat Island, Bahamas and the airplane climbed to 8500 feet. During cruise flight approximately 28 miles from the destination airport, the right engine lost 60 percent power. The engine remained in that state for approximately 3-5 minutes, then the fuel pressure annunciation light illuminated. The right standby fuel pump was activated, the flight continued, and when the flight was approximately 18-19 miles from the destination airport while flying at 5,500 feet, the right engine quit. The right propeller was feathered and the engine was shut down, and air traffic control cleared the flight for a straight in approach to runway 27 at the destination airport. The flight continued and while flying between 3,000 and 3,500 feet, the left engine began similar indications; however, the left engine power decreased to between 30 and 40 percent. Unable to land at the destination airport, the airplane was ditched 80 yards off the southern shoreline of New Providence Island and all occupants evacuated the airplane.
Investigation revealed that the right engine stopped from fuel exhaustion.

Probable Cause:

The final report did not contain a Probable Cause-statement as mentioned in ICAO Annex 13.

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: DCA Bahamas
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 101 days (3 months)
Accident number: A0514022
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Fuel starvation
Ditching

Sources:
» Nassau Guardian
» NTSB


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Distance from Arthur's Town Airport to Nassau International Airport as the crow flies is 185 km (116 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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