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Southern Air Flight Crash Lands At Deadman's Cay With 'Gears Up'

The Southern Air plane on the runway at Deadman's Cay, Long Island, on Friday.

The Southern Air plane on the runway at Deadman's Cay, Long Island, on Friday.

A SOUTHERN Air flight from Nassau with 11 occupants crash landed on the main runway at the Deadman's Cay airport in Long Island on Friday morning.

There were no injuries, according to Civil Aviation officials, who said that the airport was closed for several hours as a result of the crash that occurred shortly before 10am.

"Reports received indicated that aircraft N376SA landed with its gears in the up position," read a statement from the Department of Civil Aviation on Saturday.

"Reports also indicated there were 11 souls on board - 9 passengers and two pilots - at the time of the occurrence. No injuries occurred to occupants of the aircraft."

The airport has since been reopened, and the Accident Investigation Unit has launched an investigation.

Southern Air Charter Limited is a certified Bahamas Air Operator.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 2 years ago

Rumours have it the pilot and co-pilot simply forgot to lower the landing gear and the low altitude sound warning in the landing gear up configuration had apparently been non-functional for quite some time.

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sheeprunner12 2 years ago

Are these Southern Air planes safe anymore?????? .......... this is at least the fifth crash in three years ............ are they patching up one or two planes with junk parts??????? .......... they need some new planes like Western or Sky .......... this will hurt their brand

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Victor 2 years ago

How on earth do you forget to put the landing gear down?

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lionfish 2 years ago

They have no more planes. I heard that was the last one.

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truetruebahamian 2 years ago

Two pilots, both should check that there are 3 green lights indicating that the gear is down and locked for landing.

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Naughtydread 2 years ago

I will not be traveling on southern air anymore, seems as if this company neglects their equipment. I guess I will be using Sky Bahamas from now on.

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banker 2 years ago

This is intriguing -- just because, I ran the tail number thru the FAA database:

Serial Number UB72 Status Valid Manufacturer Name BEECH Certificate Issue Date 05/21/2013 Model 1900C Expiration Date 05/31/2019 Type Aircraft Fixed Wing Multi-Engine Type Engine Turbo-prop Registered Owner Name SOUTHERN AIR CHARTER CO LTD Street 3115 KYLE AVE STE B1
City SPRINGDALE State MARYLANDZip Code 20774-2567 Country UNITED STATES

So I looked at the address of registry. The Google StreetView pic is attached. It was a very modest house belonging to Alpha A. Gibbs.

So I ran the company in the companies database: Company Name SOUTHERN AIR CHARTER COMPANY LTD. Company No d07955644 Status FORFEITED Good Standing No Business Code Ordinary Business - Stock Date of Formation 05/14/2004 State of Formation MD Resident Agent ALPHA A. GIBBS 3115 KYLE AVENUE SPRINGDALE, MD 20774

The company is not valid. I checked to see if Alpha Gibbs was still residing there at that address and the answer is yes: ALECIA GIBBS 3115 KYLE AVE ALPHA GIBBS 3115 KYLE AVE AUTUMN GIBBS 3115 KYLE AVE JOLENTA GIBBS 3115 KYLE AVE

So the real question is why is this aircraft registered in America to a defunct company -- not registered in the Bahamas, and probably not paying insurance ?????? if the company is defunct. Makes you wonder about beneficial ownership. WTF is going on?

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sheeprunner12 2 years ago

Banker ......... so who is this Bahamian "Southern Air Charter Co. Ltd." owned by???? ..... What is this hologram known as Alpha Gibbs????? ....... or who is the person Alpha Gibbs fronting for??????? .......... Would the shell company lead back to a Cabinet Minister????? ......Interesting

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banker 2 years ago

The shell company is dead !!! The beneficial ownership is in question. The registry is not valid. The numbers on the plane is a fraud. Something strange is going on. This ownership of this plane is not traceable according to public records and that is against the law.

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sheeprunner12 2 years ago

WOWWWWWW ........... so who is the CEO or COO of this air charter company today ........ in The Bahamas??????? .......... someone in an office somewhere in this country has to be traced!!!!!!!!!

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Socrates 2 years ago

the big question here is how effectively is Civil Aviation monitoring these people's maintenance and training? is it free of government interference? for such a small country, the accident rate is awfully high, probably matching those African countries we typically use as the banner toters of incompetence..

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Well_mudda_take_sic 2 years ago

Don't expect to get any answers from G. Hanna-Martin to the serious questions raised by "banker". She is about as crooked, dumb and incompetent as they come. Christie only values her loyalty and knows only too well she is about as worthless a cabinet minister as the Bahamas has ever had....apart from Christie himself of course as PM and Minister of Finance!

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Itellya 1 year, 8 months ago

I flew on one of their planes to long island and we all had this strange sharp ear ache bubble gum couldn't solve for the entire flight. Maybe pressure issues.

No emergency apparatus on the island if the plane caught a fire and if people got hurt.

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