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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Date:Tuesday 9 January 1990
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
PADC/Britten-Norman BN-2A-21 Islander
Operator:Sunbird Airlines Pty Ltd
Registration: VH-SBD
C/n / msn: 500
First flight: 1976
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Yorke Island Airport, QLD (OKR) (   Australia)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Yorke Island Airport, QLD (OKR/YYKI), Australia
Destination airport:Murray Island Airport, QLD (MYI/YMUI), Australia
The aircraft was taking off from a 920 metre grass strip in moderate to heavy rain. Takeoff weight was about 60 kilograms below maximum authorised. Witnesses reported that the aircraft became airborne well beyond the normal position, and then only momentarily, before the pilot abandoned the takeoff. The aircraft crossed the end of the strip and ran across a beach before coming to rest in chest deep water. The pilot of a following aircraft later indicated that there was a significant down wind component during the first aircraft's takeoff attempt.

Probable Cause:

Significant Factors:
The following factor was considered relevant to the development of the accident
1. The takeoff attempt was made in downwind conditions, for reasons which were not determined.


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Distance from Yorke Island Airport, QLD to Murray Island Airport, QLD as the crow flies is 72 km (45 miles).

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