Chalks Ocean Airways Mallard In Fatal Miami Crash
December 19, 2005, Miami, Florida - A Chalk's Ocean Airways Grumman G-73T Turbine Mallard seaplane has crashed just offshore Miami, Florida, today at around 2:30 pm local time. The plane came down close to the cruise ship terminal just after it departed.
Updated reports indicate 20 passengers and crew were aboard. The United States Coast Guard has confirmed at least 19 fatalities. There is a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) "Go Team" on the way to Miami to investigate.
At least one report indicates the plane exploded or was otherwise on fire prior to impacting the ocean. Rescue and recovery efforts continue.
The Grumman G-73T Turbine Mallard is a twin-engine amphibious aircraft, powered by two Pratt and Whitney-Canada PT-6 turbine engines.
The Turbo Mallard is capable of operating from water as well as land-based airports.
The interior of the Grumman accommodates 17 passengers in an air-conditioned cabin on routes between Florida and the Bahamas.
The aircraft has a cruising speed of 200 MPH.