Narrative:Flight BI238 (Labuan - Bandar Seri Begawan - Miri) took off from Bandar Seri Begawan at 19:03. The crew contacted Miri requesting clearance to land. The controller cleared the flight for the final approach to runway 02, but no reply was received. The Dornier struck treetops and slammed into the slope midway up Lambir Hill (at 500 m) The wreckage was found 07:10 the next morning.
|Date:||Saturday 6 September 1997|
|Operating for:||Royal Brunei Airlines|
|C/n / msn:|| 8217|
|First flight:|| 1993|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8|
|Total:||Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||13,7 km (8.6 mls) S of Miri Airport (MYY) ( Malaysia)
|Crash site elevation:|| 500 m (1640 feet) amsl |
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Bandar Seri Begawan-Brunei International Airport (BWN/WBSB), Brunei|
|Destination airport:||Miri Airport (MYY/WBGR), Malaysia|
The brand new airplane was owned by Merpati Intan of Malaysia, but operated on behalf of Royal Brunei Airlines. The flight service between Bandar Seri Begawan and Miri has been suspended indefinitely.
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Bandar Seri Begawan-Brunei International Airport to Miri Airport as the crow flies is 124 km (78 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.