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Last updated: 26 April 2017
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:lundi 21 mars 1994
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A-21 Islander
Compagnie:Aurukun Air Services
Immatriculation: VH-JUU
Numéro de série: 632
Année de Fabrication: 1971-02-05 (23 years 2 months)
Equipage:victimes: 1 / à bord: 1
Passagers:victimes: 5 / à bord: 5
Total:victimes: 6 / à bord: 6
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Weipa Airport, QLD (WEI) (   Australie)
Phase de vol: En montée initiale (ICL)
Nature:Charter National
Aéroport de départ:Weipa Airport, QLD (WEI/YBWP), Australie
Aéroport de destination:Aurukun Mission Airport, QLD (AUU/YAUR), Australie
On the day before the accident, the Islander aircraft flew from Aurukun to Weipa with the chief pilot occupying the left pilot seat and the pilot involved in the accident occupying the right pilot seat. At Weipa the chief pilot left the aircraft,
instructing the other pilot to fly some practice circuits before returning the aircraft to Aurukun. Before commencing the circuits and the return flight to Aurukun, the aircraft's two main tanks each contained 100 L of fuel and the two wing tip tanks each contained about 90 L of fuel.
On the day of the accident the pilot added 200 L of fuel at Aurukun to the aircraft's tanks and then flew the aircraft and the passengers to Weipa. About 50 minutes before sunset, the aircraft taxied for departure from runway 30 for the 25-minute return flight to Aurukun.
When the aircraft was about 300 ft above ground level after takeoff, a witness reported that all engine sounds stopped and that the aircraft attitude changed from a nose-high climb to a more level attitude. A short time later, the noise of engine power surging was heard. The aircraft rolled left and entered a spiral descent. It struck level ground some 350 m beyond the departure end of runway 30 and 175 m to the left of the extended centreline.

Probable Cause:

- The pilot mismanaged the aircraft fuel system.
- Both engines suffered a total power loss due to fuel starvation.
- The right engine regained power probably as a result of a change in aircraft attitude.
- The pilot lost control of the aircraft.
- Recovery was not possible in the height available.


Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Bureau of Air Safety Investigation (BASI) - Australia
report status: Final
report number: BASI report 9400698
report released:17 January 1996
duration of investigation: 1 year and 10 months
download report: Britten Norman Ltd BN-2A-21, VH-JUU, Weipa, QLD (BASI report 9400698)


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Weipa Airport, QLD et Aurukun Mission Airport, QLD est de 78 km (49 miles).

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