One Rescued After Florida Ditching

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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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based on a Convair 340

Posted by: Thomas Ibach | February 9, 2019 3:54 AM    Report this comment

Thomas, negative. Based on a Convair 240. Then 340, 440 and after that they slapped turboprops on them and it became the 540 and 580. I flew the 240.

Posted by: Joe Jetstar | February 9, 2019 9:50 PM    Report this comment

yes, I flew CV-A340/CV-A440,(one type rating), and 240,340,440 (piston, all one type rating)

Posted by: Thomas Ibach | February 12, 2019 9:18 AM    Report this comment

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