Accident description
Last updated: 26 November 2014
Status:Preliminary
Date:Monday 15 December 2008
Time:ca 17:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic TRIS model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A Trislander Mk.III-2
Operator:Línea Aérea Puertorriqueña (LAP)
Registration: N650LP
C/n / msn: 1029
First flight: 1976-05-25 (32 years 7 months)
Engines: 3 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:Caribbean Sea, off Turks and Caicos Islands (   Atlantic Ocean) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Santiago de los Caballeros-Cibao International Airport (STI/MDST), Dominican Republic
Destination airport:Mayaguana Airport (MYG/MYMM), Bahamas
Narrative:
The BN-2A Trislander plane operated on a flight from Santiago de los Caballeros-Cibao International Airport (STI), Dominican Republic to Mayaguana (MYG), Bahamas. It departed at 16:06. An hour later, the pilot contacted Providenciales ATC (Turks and Caicos Islands) reporting that he had an emergency, according to Dominican officials. The airplane probably crashed into the sea shortly after the distress call.
A spokesman of the Asociación Nacional de Pilotos reported that the licence of the pilot on the accident airplane had been suspended in October 2006.
Search for the plane has been called off.


Sources:
» Estaba cancelada licencia piloto (El Viajero Digital, 16-12-2008)
» Buscan avión caído al mar con 12 pasajeros en R. Dominicana (Cadena Global, 16-12-2008)


Photos

photo of Britten-Norman BN-2A Trislander Mk.III-3 VQ-TAD
VQ-TAD was sold and re-registered N650LP in June 1993
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Map
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 Santiago de los Caballeros-Cibao International Airport to Mayaguana Airport as the crow flies is 412 km (258 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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