Plane Crash Yesterday in the Bahamas

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This Sky Bahamas plane hit a huge puddle of water yesterday while trying to land in a rain storm in Marsh Harbour Airport in the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas.

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It apparently skidded off the runway and the impact caused a collapse of the landing gear.  Witnesses reported a fireball that quickly extinguished itself and the plane came to a screeching halt.  There were 24 passengers on board.  There were only minor injuries, and Marsh Harbour Airport is closed at this time.

The plane details are:
Make: Saab 340 - MSN 316 - C6-SBJ
Operator Airline:  Sky Bahamas
Status : Active
Registration : C6-SBJ
Serial number 316
Type: 340B
First flight date 10/09/1992
Test registration SE-C16
Plane age 21 years
Seats: 36

This plane has had an interesting career.  On 28/01/1993 she was registered to Hazelton Air Serrvices in New South Wales Australia bearing the tail number VH-LIH.  On 01/08/2002 her registered operators changed to REX Regional Express after the collapse of the parent company of Hazelton Air.  She still carried the tail number VH-LIH.   On 17/06/2004 she was acquired by PenAir and registered with the tail number. N676PA.  She never flew.  She was stored until 01/2011.  On 01/06/2011, she was operated by Sky Bahamas with the tail number C6-SBJ which she still carries today.  Her airworthiness status is presently unknown.

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