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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 135027
Last updated: 17 June 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic PA31 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-31-310 Navajo
Owner/operator:Department of Justice of U.S. Virgin Islands
Registration: N554DJ
MSN: 31-7612009
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Caribbean Sea, 1 mile South of Saba Island, off St. Thomas -   U.S. Virgin Islands
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:St. Croix, VI (TISX)
Destination airport:St. Thomas, VI (TIST)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The airplane was making a public use flight between two islands for the purpose of transporting residents of a correctional facility to court hearings. During descent to the destination airport, at an altitude of approximately 1,400 feet, both engines started surging. The pilot's attempts to restore normal engine power were unsuccessful, and he ditched the airplane in ocean water with both engines still surging. The airplane stayed afloat as he and the passengers exited, and then it sank. The airplane was not recovered from the ocean, precluding its examination and determination of the reason for the dual loss of engine power.
Probable Cause: The loss of engine power in both engines for an unknown reason.


FAA register: 2. FAA:

Revision history:

21-Dec-2016 19:26 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
20-Sep-2017 14:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Sep-2017 14:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
05-Dec-2017 09:08 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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