Malibu Ditches In Ocean Near Nassau
Two Florida men were lost this week when their Piper Malibu went
down 20 miles north of Nassau in the Bahamas.
Frank Watchus and Ernest Coleman were found dead in the water
near the wreckage Tuesday night, three hours after the Coast Guard
received the call to search for a downed plane, according to Petty
Officer 1st Class Jennifer Johnson of the Miami Coast Guard
"They were heading from Nassau to the Fort Lauderdale
International Airport," she said.
A helicopter crew from the Clearwater station found the two men
just before 2000 EDT, she told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
The PA-46-310P (file photo of type, below), registered to Happy
Skies Inc. out of Bonita Springs, FL lost radio contact with ATC
shortly after it left Nassau, federal authorities said.
Since the accident occurred in international waters, said Tim
Monville with the NTSB, authorities in the US and the Bahamas are
discussing which country will take on the investigation.
** Report created 4/11/2007
Make/Model: PA46 Description: PA-46
Malibu, Malibu Mirage
Date: 04/10/2007 Time: 2104
Event Type: Accident Highest Injury:
Fatal Mid Air: N Missing:
City: NASSAU BAHAMAS
State: Country: BS
AIRCRAFT CRASHED UNDER UNKNOWN CIRCUMSTANCES, THE TWO
PERSONS ON BOARD WERE
FATALLY INJURED, 22 MILES FROM NASSAU, BAHAMAS
INJURY DATA Total
# Crew: 2 Fat:
# Pass: 0 Fat:
Fat: 0 Ser:
WEATHER: MYNN 102100Z 16055KT 9999 BKN018 BKN200 29/24 A1012
Activity: Unknown Phase:
Unknown Operation: OTHER
Dep Date: Dep.
Destination: FORT LAUDERDALE,
FL Flt Plan:
Last Radio Cont:
FAA FSDO: SOUTH FLORIDA, FL
Entry date: 04/11/2007