ASN Aircraft accident Pilatus Britten Norman BN2A-26 Islander VH-RTP Mabuiag Island Airport, QLD (UBB)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Wednesday 30 May 1990
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Pilatus Britten Norman BN2A-26 Islander
Operator:Cape York Air Services
Registration: VH-RTP
MSN: 79
First flight: 1969-06-06 (21 years)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Mabuiag Island Airport, QLD (UBB) (   Australia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Horn Island Airport, QLD (HID/YHID), Australia
Destination airport:Mabuiag Island Airport, QLD (UBB/YMAA), Australia
The pilot reported that he planned to do a short-field landing to ensure that minimum braking action would be necessary on the wet grass surface. On late final approach, the aircraft encountered a down draft from which the pilot was unable to recover in time to avoid striking the lip of the strip. The left main gear was bent back as a result.

Probable Cause:

The final report did not contain a probable cause statement.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BASI
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 days ()
Accident number: 199003072
Download report: Summary report



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Distance from Horn Island Airport, QLD to Mabuiag Island Airport, QLD as the crow flies is 71 km (45 miles).

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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