Accident IRMA/Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2B-20 Islander N16VM, Friday 2 December 1994
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Date:Friday 2 December 1994
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
IRMA/Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2B-20 Islander
Owner/operator:Southern Cross Aviation
Registration: N16VM
MSN: 2204
Year of manufacture:1989
Total airframe hrs:2359 hours
Engine model:Lycoming IO-540-K1B5
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:320 km NE off Majuro, Marshall Islands -   Pacific Ocean
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Majuro-Amata Kabua International Airport (MAJ/PKMJ)
Destination airport:Honolulu International Airport, HI (HNL/PHNL)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The aircraft was being operated as a flight of two on a ferry flight from the Marshall Islands to Honolulu. The airplane was equipped with auxiliary fuel tanks. About 2 hours after departure, while at an altitude of 7,000 feet msl, the accompanying airplane noticed smoke trailing from the left engine of the Islander. The two aircraft turned around and the pilot declared an emergency. The left engine of N16VM quit and the pilot feathered the propeller. The pilot was unable to maintain level flight and the aircraft was ditched in rough water and subsequently sank. The pilot was rescued about 20 hours afterwards.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An undetermined failure of the left engine. The inability of the airplane to maintain level flight and exceeding the one-engine capability was a factor in the accident."


Thomas Brügge
World Directory of Airliner Crashes

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