Presidential Airways (charter)
Presidential Airways (PAW) is a charter cargo and passenger airline currently based at Melbourne International Airport serving Melbourne, Florida, USA. Presidential is now a subsidiary of Aviation Worldwide Services.
Incidents and accidents
An aircraft, Blackwater 61, operated by Presidential and owned by its sister company, Blackwater AWS crashed on November 27, 2004 in Afghanistan; it had been a contract flight for the United States Air Force en route from Bagram to Farah. All aboard, three soldiers and three civilian crew members, were killed. Several of their survivors filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Presidential in October 2005. A 60 Minutes investigation reported that the crash was caused by pilot error but that the company tried to avoid responsibility.
Presidential operates CASA C-212 and CASA CN-235 turboprops. Recent contracts have added de Havilland Canada DHC-8 Dash 8 turboprop aircraft to the fleet. The company also operates turbine powered helicopters including Bell 214ST, Bell 412, MD Helicopters MD-530, Eurocopter/Aerospatiale SA 330J "Puma", and Sikorsky S-61 rotorcraft.
- Wilber, "A Crash's Echoes", Washington Post, October 17, 2007.
- The Flight and Crash of "Blackwater 61" CBS News 60 Minutes (English)
- Blackwater 61 - Cockpit Voice Recording rec.aviation.military (English)
- UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA ORLANDO DIVISION CASE NO: 6:05-cv-1002-ORL-28-JGG SOURCEWATCH (English)
- WElcome Aboard Blackwater Airlines Seattle Weekly News(English)
- Kroft, Steve, "Soldier's Widow Says Firm Was Negligent In Fatal 2004 Flight", 60 Minutes, February 21, 2010.
- Wilber, Del Quentin (October 17, 2007). "A Crash's Echoes, From War Zone To Washington: In 2004, Blackwater Flight 61 Raised Now-Familiar Questions About Contractors and Accountability". Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-10-16.-
- Official Site
- Defense Industry Daily: Blackwater Subsidiary's Transport Contracts for the Central Asian Front