Date & Time: Oct 29, 2014 at 1835 LT
Type of aircraft:
Short 360
Operator:
Registration:
N380MQ
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Cargo
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Saint Martin - San Juan
MSN:
3702
YOM:
1986
Flight number:
SKZ7101
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
2
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Some 30 seconds after take off from runway 27 at Saint Martin-Princess Juliana Airport, while climbing by night at a height of some 500 feet, the aircraft went out of control and crashed into the sea. SAR were conducted and only few debris were found some 3 km off shore. A dead body was found few hours later as no trace of the second pilot was found yet. The aircraft was performing a cargo flight to San Juan-Luis Munoz Marin Airport on behalf of FedEx. At the time of the accident, weather conditions were considered as good with light rain and visibility up to 10 km. The loss of control occurred when the crew was instructed by ATC to change heading to 230° due to traffic.