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cargo Convair ditches at sea

Discussion in 'Latest Airline Incidents' started by Richard Wyeroski, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    A cargo Convair ditched at sea off the coast of Florida. The captain was lost and the first officer is recovering in a Florida hospital
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    One crew member has been rescued and another is missing after a cargo plane ditched about 14 miles off the coast of Florida on Friday.The rescued first officer has been identified as Rolland Silva and he is recovering in a hospital in Florida. The missing captain is Robert Hopkins. The search was suspended on Saturday. The Conquest Air Cargo Convair C-131B Samaritan, a 1950s piston twin military transport based on a Convair CV-240 airliner, was on a flight from Nassau, in the Bahamas, to Opa Locka, Florida, when it began losing altitude about 50 miles off the coast.

    It flew for another 12 minutes before hitting the water at about 12:15 p.m. The aircraft was destroyed. The company told local media the pilot declared an emergency and reported he was ditching. Conquest operates several Samaritans on daily runs between Nassau and Florida.
     
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  2. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    This was a 1950 piston aircraft. No clues as to what happened....

     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    I think guy cut his teeth on these aircraft!!!
     
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    Exuma Guy Hangar Silver Member V

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    Miami's Corrosion Corner never died. It moved to Opa Locka.
    Look at FlightAware.com and it's appears to be another case of fuel contaminated with air.
    The floating wing doesn't show evidence of a fire.
     
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    Exuma Guy Hangar Silver Member V

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    Close- Beech 18's, and the teeth grew into long vicious fangs.
    I never met Captain Hopkins, but several of my friends knew him. Described him as a good ole' boy.
    One of my friends had the elevator trim tab cable break while flying a Convair. They landed but had wrist damage that needed to heal because the fluttering elevator. Another friend had an engine fire while flying a Convair. They landed but the fire took out the hydraulics for the brakes and they went through the perimeter fence. Subsequent inspection showed that the rear spar had burned through. Welcome to South Florida- Land of aviation adventure!

    Then there's the 250 hour total time First Officer I had on the A-320 last night....
    Who got scared at 200' on approach and gave control to me.
    We had a 'friendly diplomatic discussion' after shut-down about growing some testicles.
     
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    Kevin Hangar Bronze Member II

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    I can recall being fascinated by MIA's "Corrosion Corner" when I flew in there in my late teens. Seeing the fascinating collection of older aircraft like DC-4's DC-6's old Connies any thing that would carry freight it would seem. I actually flew in the right hand seat of Convair 440 operated by Cosmopolitan Aviation out of Republic Airport in Farmingdale when my flight instructor who also flew the 440's for Cosmopolitan's fledgling airline let me take the right hand seat on a positioning flight from Farmingdale to Atlantic City breaking all the regs of course. The actual first officer was sitting jump seat behind us. I enjoyed the experience keeping in mine I'm flying in a plane that was older then me at the time and that was the late 70's early 80's. It's nice to see the old birds that were pushing 30+ when I flew on one to nearing 70 years old today are still flying. The loss of life is tragic under any circumstances. Don't know what the actual emergency was but my condolences go out to the Captain's family. It seems to be the backwater of Aviation operations in South Florida. Still seems like a fascinating corner of the aviation world which is why probably there are people willing to work in it.
     
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  7. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    They us to call it the roach corner ....
    FAA only went there on an accident!
     
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    Hell, one can of red Rustoleum and some masking tape on the nose could make that plane look airworthy huh.
     
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    I think he lost his teeth with it too. :(
     
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    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    :p:cool:
     
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    Or by accident. ;)
     
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    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    :D
     
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