Upon ground impact Waite was ejected out of the cockpit
window, he died as result of massive body injuries. The
copilot died from the fire. It was later reported that
Waite chose to land the aircraft in the forest rather
than flying the aircraft near a school which was on the
approach to the airport. It was also reported that this
flight was the copilots’ first commercial flight in
which he was second in command and that the copilot had
feathered the wrong engine.
Waite had flown to the Bahamas hundreds of times. Waite
had such clients as Peter Fonda, Raymond Burr and former
Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis. In September 1993,
in one of Waite’s well known flights he and two other
pilots were falsely accused of smuggling dynamite to
terrorist. They were arrested and placed in a Colombia
prison. The pilots were cleared and finally released on
Thanksgiving Day in 1993.
The company made national news again in 2001, when one
of their Piper Navajo PA-31-350 Chieftain landed safely
at Opa Locka Airport on one wheel. On Apr. 25, 2001, a
22 year old pilot, Sebastian Pardo was on final approach
to Opa Locka Airport with a passenger onboard.
he was going through his check list for landing he
lowered his landing gear lever to drop the landings
gears, he noticed he did not get a three green lights
which would have told him all three landing gears down
and lock. In stead he only got one green light which
meant only one gear dropped. Pardo contacted the tower,
tower personnel confirmed only one wheel down.
Pardo circled the area in order to burn up fuel while
the event was being broadcast live by local and nation
news stations. After circling for about an hour Pardo
brought the plane in for a landing on one wheel. Pardo
had shut the right engine down as he made his final
approach he touched down on one wheel with precision. As
the plane slowed down, the aircraft eased over on its
left wing and skidded to a slow, straight stop. The
pilot and passenger were able to walk away without a
scratch. Murphy said “Pardo had been hired because of
his strong flying skills”.
has been reported that Caribbean Air Service was the
fourth of fifth inline for a Black man to start an air
career service in the U.S. and it is the first Black
carrier to have received a 135 certificate from scratch.