Narrative:The Islander was overloaded by 600-700 pounds when it departed Vieques. Also, it's centre of gravity was up to 5 inches behind the aft limit. After takeoff the left engine lost power. It lost altitude, banked abruptly to the left, nosed down and crashed into the ocean. It appeared that the fuel had been contaminated with water.
emergency procedure - improper - pilot in command
airspeed(Vmc) - not maintained - pilot in command
procedures/directives - not followed - company/operator management
inadequate surveillance of operation - faa(organization)
qualification - pilot in command
aircraft weight and balance - improper - pilot in command
maintenance,service of aircraft/equipment - improper - ground personnel
aircraft preflight - inadequate - pilot in command
lack of total experience in kind of aircraft - pilot in command
fluid,fuel - water
inadequate training - company/operator management
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Distance from Vieques Airport to Saint Croix-Alexander Hamilton Airport as the crow flies is 87 km (55 miles).