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Accident description
Last updated: 12 December 2017
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Date:Wednesday 3 January 1990
Type:Silhouette image of generic TRIS model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A Trislander Mk.III
Operator:Vanair
Registration: YJ-RV3
C/n / msn: 0349
First flight: 1973
Engines: 3 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:15 km (9.4 mls) from Port Vila-Bauerfield Airport (VLI) (   Vanuatu)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Lenakel Airfield (TAH), Vanuatu
Destination airport:Port Vila-Bauerfield Airport (VLI/NVVV), Vanuatu
Narrative:
En route over Shark Bay the plane ran out of fuel. The pilot turned back to open ground, attempting to land in a cleared paddock. The airplane landed but struck felled coconut trees in the long grass.
There appeared to be fuel left in the tip tanks, thought the main tanks were dry.

Classification:
Fuel starvation
Forced landing outside airport

Sources:
» Antony Deamer (by E-mail, 28-11-2010)


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Distance from Lenakel Airfield to Port Vila-Bauerfield Airport as the crow flies is 224 km (140 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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