The Southern Air Charter airplane Beechcraft 1900 with registration N376SA landed at Deadman’s Cay in Bahamas on its cockpit with landing gear in. The aircraft was performing flight PL-701 from Nassau to Deadman’s Cay with 9 passengers and 2 crew on board, but rubbed on the halt on the runway over its cockpit. Finally the airplane stopped successfully without causing any injuries among the people on board, but suffered serious damages. The local authorities dispatched immediately rescued teams and all the people were evacuated. The investigation for the root cause and circumstances around the body landing is under investigation.
According to preliminary analyzes of the safety inspectors, the airplane Beech 1900C was in good technical condition. The reason for landing without landing gear was mistake of the pilot, who forgot to lower it. The Deadman’s Cay offers an Asphalt runway 09/27 of 1,220 meters length.
Beechcraft 1900 is a 19-passenger, pressurized twin-engine turboprop fixed-wing aircraft. It was designed, and is primarily used, as a regional airliner. It is also used as a freight aircraft and corporate transport. The aircraft is designed to carry passengers in all weather conditions from airports with relatively short runways. Beechcraft 1900 has length of 17.62 m, height of 4.72 m and wingspan of 17.64 m. The airplane is friven by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67D turboprops, each with power of 1,279 shaft horsepower (955 kW).