Thursday, December 14, 2017

Cessna T210L Turbo Centurion, N727TJ, Tropikordia Inc: Fatal accident occurred December 14, 2017 off West End, Bahamas

14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Thursday, December 14, 2017 in West End, Bahamas
Aircraft: CESSNA T210, registration: N727TJ
Injuries: 1 Fatal, 1 Uninjured.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The government of Bahamas has notified the NTSB of an accident involving a CESSNA T210L airplane that occurred on December 14, 2017. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the government of Bahamas's investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13.

All investigative information will be released by the government of Bahamas.

Mark Tanner

The Royal Bahamas Police Force has indicated they have suspended the search for 57 year old American cellist, Mark Tanner – who has not been located since the Cessna plane he was flying was forced to make an emergency landing into the water, 18 miles northwest of Freeport, Bahamas, on Thursday December 14th.

A graduate of Yale University where he studied with Aldo Parisot, Mark had previously served as Principal Cellist with the San Diego Symphony, Nashville Symphony, New Haven Symphony and the New West Symphony.

“Suspending a case is never an easy decision nor is it a decision that is hastily made …” a spokesperson for the rescue effort coordination has said.

“We remain ready to reinstitute a search if new information becomes available.”

Local coast guards have indicated they covered more than 308 square miles in their 3 day ocean rescue effort.

Neither the cellist nor the wreckage of the plane have been located.

Mark’s wife, Janna Lower, who serves on the violin teaching faculty at the University of Florida School of Music, was also in the plane at the time of the incident but was rescued by a Good Samaritan seaplane. 

In addition to his musical activities, he served as an executive of a medical device company, as chairman of an angel investment fund and as an active entrepreneur. 

Original article ➤

The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a pilot from Gainesville.

57 year old, Mark Tanner, and his wife, 60 year old Janna Lower, were flying from Gainesville on December 14th.

During their flight, the Coast Guard received a notification from the plane, reporting mechanical problems.

The two stated they were going to make an emergency landing northwest of Freeport, Bahamas.

Lower was rescued by a good Samaritan seaplane and taken by helicopter to receive medical attention.

Tanner was declared missing. Around 6pm on December 15th, the Coast Guard suspended their search.

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A lone female survivor was rescued at sea and rushed to the trauma section of the Rand Memorial Hospital on Thursday (December 14, 2017) afternoon, following a plane crash a few miles off West End. 

Shortly after being alerted of the crash, Royal Bahamas Police Force, Bahamas Customs and United States Coast Guard officers as well as West End Clinic Medical Professionals and local fishermen gathered at the Old Bahama Bay Marina and began coordinating search and rescue plans to locate and aid victims.

Royal Bahamas Police Force (RBPF) Superintendent of Police Noel Curry, Officer-In-Charge of the West End Division, who traveled with the team to the scene updated media personnel upon return to Old Bahama Bay Marina.

According to RBPF Supt. Curry, “Approximately 11:42 a.m. Police Control Room, Freeport, GBI received information of an aircraft going down just off West End; immediately I led a team of officers and support staff to the location.

“We were grateful for the support received from persons throughout the West End community as well as the United States Coast Guard that assisted us. Once out to the location, we located a sea craft, which was not the vessel in question and spotted a lone female survivor of the crash aboard that sea craft.

“The survivor was assisted by the U.S. Coast Guard to the Freeport International Airport where she received further medical assistance.

“We conducted a grid search of the (suspected) crash area along with the U.S.Coast Guard; however, at this time we have yet to locate an exact area by which we can assign it as the official crash site.”

Presently, investigations are ongoing into the plane crash; however, this daily learned that the crash occurred nearly eight miles off the coast of West End and, RBPF Supt. Curry noted that initial reports indicate there were only two persons on-board the aircraft at the time of the unfortunate crash.

Police officials have deduced that the plane had departed the United States of America en route to one of the islands of The Bahamas. While there is no debris field which would assist in determining the size, make and model of the aircraft, sources close to this daily noted it was a small single engine plane. The lone survivor is believed to be Caucasian and appeared to be incoherent and traumatized by the ordeal.

A search continues to locate both the aircraft and the male occupant, who was also aboard the plane at the time of the crash, shared RBPF Supt. Curry, who stated updates would be provided to the public once investigations conclude.

Saddened by the news of the plane crash, Member of Parliament for West Grand Bahama and Bimini Pakesia Parker-Edgecombe prayed for the families of both occupants of the downed aircraft.

Original article ➤

NASSAU, Bahamas — The United States Coast Guard is searching for a 57-year-old man after hoisting his wife to safety when the single-engine plane he was piloting crash landed 18 miles northwest of Freeport, Bahamas.

The two, whose names were not released, are believed to be American.

The Coast Guard said the Cessna 210 airplane, which was travelling from Gainesville, Florida, to North Eleuthera, The Bahamas, had mechanical issues and an emergency landing was made northwest of Freeport.

A search and rescue team, which included police, US Coast Guard and the Bahamas Customs Department Marine Section, responded to the crash.

A seaplane rescued the 60-year-old woman from the water. Shortly after, a Coast Guard helicopter crew arrived on the scene, hoisted her from the seaplane and transferred her to emergency medical services, who then transported her to the Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport.

The woman was later airlifted to the United States for further medical treatment.

Original article ➤

One person was rescued and a search is underway for a man missing at sea following a plane crash in waters off West End, Grand Bahama on Thursday morning.

The female survivor, who was pulled to safety in a basket harness by a US Coast Guard helicopter, was flown into Freeport, transported to the Rand Memorial Hospital and then flown to the United States for further treatment. A senior police official said the survivor was “incoherent” and unable to speak with authorities.

The aircraft, which is believed to be a private plane, with two persons aboard went down around 11.42am some eight miles off West End, police reported.

Police were alerted by Air Traffic Control that a blue and white single engine aircraft coming from the United States had crash landed off West End. Police officers along with the US Coast Guard and the Marine Section of the Department of Customs responded to the scene of the reported crash.

Supt Noel Curry, officer in charge of West End Division, said officials have searched the area but were unable to locate the aircraft or spot any debris from the wreckage in the water.

The aircraft left the United States, but Bahamian authorities do not know the plane's intended destination.

“We located a seacraft which is not the aircraft in question and saw a lone female survivor aboard that seacraft,” Supt Curry told reporters.

“She was assisted by the US Coast Guard to Grand Bahama International Airport to seek further medical attention,” he said.

“We searched the area, along with the USCG. However we have not located the area we can assign as a crash site, so we are still conducting investigations.”

He said they believe the crash might have occurred some eight miles off West End. A video of the actual helicopter rescue was circulated on social media.

“We believe there were two persons on board - a female and a male. They were en route from the United States to a destination in the Bahamas which we have yet to confirm," Supt Curry added.

“At this time we cannot say where the location of the crash is because there is no debris field. Only what we have in terms of take-off of a small aircraft,” Supt Curry said, who did not know the actual depth of the water where the plane went down.

“When we found her, she appeared incoherent after the traumatic event. We did not get a chance to have a dialogue with her … but we will follow up with her.”

Supt Curry thanked the residents in the area who assisted them in getting them by boat to the rescue site.

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John Stackhouse said...

Am I the only one that thinks this does not look like a Crash? Clearly I am missing something because I do not see anything that would cause one to leave the aircraft.

Anonymous said...

The crashed aircraft is submerged. The seaplane in the picture just happened to be in the area.

Anonymous said...

Janna Lower was rescued by the Good Samaritan plane in the picture.