- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: December 19, 2005
Time: 14:40
Location: Off Miami Beach, Florida
Operator: Chalk's Ocean Airways
Flight #: 101
Route: Miami, Florida - Bimini, Bahamas
AC Type: Grumman G73T Turbo Mallard
Registration: N2969
cn / ln: J-27
Aboard: 20   (passengers:18  crew:2)
Fatalities: 20   (passengers:18  crew:2)
Ground: 0
Summary: The seaplane crashed off Miami Beach next to a jetty as it was taking off. There was an explosion and fire and the right wing separated prior to the plane impacting the water. Examination of the wreckage revealed fatigue cracks in the right wing. The failure of Chalk's Ocean Airways' maintenance program to identify and properly repair fatigue cracks in the wing, and the failure of the FAA to detect and correct deficiencies in the company's maintenance program. Although a 16-inch crack in the wing had been patched, a more significant flaw in a nearby support beam hadn't been repaired. The carrier had no record of patching the crack.
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