July 20, 2000, about
1:12 pm, a Douglas DC-3,
N54AA, operated by Allied Air Freight, Inc., out of Opa
Locka Airport, a cargo charter flight, crashed after takeoff from Nassau
International Airport, New Providence Island, Bahamas under VFR.
The airplane was destroyed by post crash fire, the ATP rated pilot and
his copilot were both killed.
Just after takeoff, about 250 feet
above ground the pilots lost their left engine. According to initial reports,
after takeoff from runway 14, the pilot advised the tower that he would
have to shut down (feather) the right engine and return for an emergency
landing on runway 14.
Within moments the pilot radioed back and stated
"where going down". The airplane lost altitude and crashed about 2 miles
from the airport, east of the extended centerline of runway 14.