One Rescued After Florida Ditching
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.