ASN Aircraft accident Britten-Norman BN-2B-26 Islander J8-VBI Montserrat-John A. Osborne Airport (MNI)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Wednesday 29 September 2021
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2B-26 Islander
Operator:SVG Air
Registration: J8-VBI
MSN: 2025
First flight: 1981
Engines: 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Montserrat-John A. Osborne Airport (MNI) (   Montserrat)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Antigua-V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU/TAPA), Antigua and Barbuda
Destination airport:Montserrat-John A. Osborne Airport (MNI/TRPG), Montserrat
An SVG Air Britten-Norman BN-2B-26 Islander, performing flight SVD207, veered off the runway when landing at John A. Osborne Airport (TPG/TRPG) on the island of Montserrat. It came to rest against an embankment.
Two of the seven occupants sustained minor injuries and the airplane sustained substantial damage to the nose and fuselage.

Probable Cause:

When the pilot applied the brakes on landing, a leak from one of the pistons of the left outboard brake calliper rendered the left brakes less effective than the right, causing the aircraft to veer to the right and depart the runway. Difficulty in maintaining directional control was compounded by the limited size of the runway and the use of an incorrect braking technique on landing.
The investigation identified shortcomings with the operator’s manuals, procedures and regulatory oversight.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: AAIB (U.K.)
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: AAIB-27727
Download report: Summary report

Brake problem
Runway excursion (veer-off)



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Distance from Antigua-V.C. Bird International Airport to Montserrat-John A. Osborne Airport as the crow flies is 57 km (36 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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