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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 7 October 1971
Time:17:40
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander
Operator:International Sky Cab Airlines
Registration: N857JA
C/n / msn: 92
First flight: 1969-07-12 (2 years 3 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off South Caicos (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:San Juan-Isla Grande Airport (SIG/TJIG), Puerto Rico
Destination airport:South Caicos International Airport (XSC/MBSC), Turks and Caicos Islands
Narrative:
The pilot departed Puerto Rico with malfunctioning radio navigation equipment. He flew dead reckoning to South Caicos, but became lost. He ditched the plane and was rescued by a ship.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
Pilot in command - became lost/disoriented
FACTORS:
pilot in command - attempted operation w/known deficiencies in equipment
pilot in command - improper in-flight decisions or planning
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water

Classification:
Ditching

Sources:
» NTSB
» Thomas Brügge
» World Directory of Airliner Crashes


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Distance from San Juan-Isla Grande Airport to South Caicos International Airport as the crow flies is 658 km (411 miles).

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