Date & Time: Dec 4, 2004 at 0851 LT
Type of aircraft:
Convair CV-340
Operator:
Registration:
N41626
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Cargo
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Miami-Nassau
MSN:
274
YOM:
1955
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3100
Captain / Total hours on type:
2400
Aircraft flight hours:
18465
Circumstances:
Five minutes after his departure from Miami-Opa Locka airport, the pilot informed ATC about technical problem with left engine (vibration and smoke). The crew tried to feather the propeller but without success, so it was decided to ditch the aircraft in the Maule Lake, northeast of Miami Beach. It appears that the left engine failed due do bad maintenance. Aircraft was also overloaded.