Accident Britten-Norman BN-2A-9 Islander N821RR, Tuesday 15 February 2022
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Date:Tuesday 15 February 2022
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Britten-Norman BN-2A-9 Islander
Owner/operator:Air Flamenco
Registration: N821RR
MSN: 338
Year of manufacture:1973
Total airframe hrs:2871 hours
Cycles:5773 flights
Engine model:Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Culebra Airport (CPX) -   Puerto Rico
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:San Juan-Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport (SIG/TJIG)
Destination airport:Culebra Airport (CPX/TJCP)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Britten-Norman BN-2A-9 Islander, registration N821RR, suffered substantial damage in an accident while landing on runway 13 at Culebra Airport (CPX), Puerto Rico.

The airplane was operated as an instructional flight. The pilot had recently retired from flying large category transport airplanes. He was recently hired Air Flamenco and had received some ground school training on the BN-2A-9, the company mission, routes, and destinations. The accident occurred on the first landing of his first flight, and it was his first ever landing at the accident airport. The pilot stated that he entered a left downwind for landing on runway 13, and the estimated winds were 090° at 15 to 16 knots. The approach was flown about 80 knots and about 100 ft above the normal flight path, the stated to the NTSB.
After touchdown the airplane "leaned to the right" and veered off the right side of the runway.
The commercial pilot seated in the back stated it was not a hard landing, but it was "harder than anything he had experienced before at that airport."

The right-hand wing was partially severed at the wing root and the airplane came to a stop in the grass on the left side of the runway. The right propeller blades displayed tip curling and the orange-painted wingtip displayed impact damage and longitudinal scraping and asphalt transfer.

Probable Cause: The flight crew’s failure to arrest the descent rate during the non-standard approach, which resulted in a hard landing and failure of the right-wing structure. Contributing was the flight instructor’s selection of a challenging approach for initial training.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA22LA123
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Download report: Final report




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