ASN Aircraft accident Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander 8R-GHE Guyana
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Sunday 28 December 2014
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander
Operator:Air Services Limited - ASL
Registration: 8R-GHE
MSN: 269
First flight: 1971
Total airframe hrs:25818
Engines: 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:within Guyana (   Guyana)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Mahdia Airport (MHA/SYMD), Guyana
Destination airport:Karisparu Airport (SYKU), Guyana
The Britten Norman Islander took off from Mahdia at 15:42 UTC (11:42 local time) on a routine cargo flight and the last known position was recorded at 15:44 UTC (11:44 local time). The aircraft was estimated to arrive Karisparu at 16:00 UTC (12:00 local time). The aircraft was declared missing when it failed to arrive.
Despite an intensive twenty one days of aerial and ground searches in mountainous and densely forested terrain, the aircraft and its occupants had not been found. The search was called of on January 19, 2015 with the crew presumed dead.

Probable Cause:

Cause: The probable cause of this accident is unknown.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: GAAIU
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 years and 5 months
Accident number: GAAIU:3/1/6
Download report: Final report

» Ministry of Public Works, 19-1-2015
» Caribbean News Desk 28-11-2014
» Guyana Times 30-12-2014

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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 Mahdia Airport to Karisparu Airport as the crow flies is 52 km (32 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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