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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 9685
Last updated: 5 October 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic G21 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman G-21A Goose
Owner/operator:Antilles Air Boats
Registration: N7777V
C/n / msn: B-111
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near St Thomas, VI -   U.S. Virgin Islands
Phase: En route
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:St Croix, VI
Destination airport:St Thomas, VI
Crash landed in the sea after engine failure; pilot & owner Capt. Charles Blair (69) killed. I was on duty in the FAA Control Tower working the ground control position . I received a call on frequency 121.9 from Capt. Blair. There most certainly was a recording of this entire scenario to be found on the FAA tape that was made as the incident occured. Blair asked me to contact his company, Antilles Airboats, and ask them to send a boat out to his aircraft to pick up passengers. He said he landed south of Water Island after losing one engine. I looked toward that location with binoculars and observed the seaplane upright on the water. When I contacted the airline in the phone they told me they had been listening on the frequency and that a boat was on the way. When I looked back toward the boat ready to inform Blair of my phone call to his company I observed the aircraft upside down in the water. This happened 34 years ago and is my best recollection of what took place.



Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation A-79-11 issued 1 May 1979 by NTSB
Safety recommendation A-79-31 issued 3 May 1979 by NTSB to FAA
Safety recommendation A-79-56 issued 29 June 1979 by NTSB to FAA
Safety recommendation A-79-57 issued 29 June 1979 by NTSB to FAA
Safety recommendation A-79-67 issued 20 August 1979 by NTSB to FAA

Revision history:

25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
27-Jan-2011 03:31 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Sep-2012 07:18 michael kline Updated [Source, Narrative]

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