ASN Aircraft accident Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander N857JA South Caicos
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 7 October 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander
Operator:International Sky Cab Airlines
Registration: N857JA
MSN: 92
First flight: 1969-07-12 (2 years 3 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off South Caicos (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:San Juan-Isla Grande Airport (SIG/TJIG), Puerto Rico
Destination airport:South Caicos International Airport (XSC/MBSC), Turks and Caicos Islands
The pilot departed Puerto Rico with malfunctioning radio navigation equipment. He flew dead reckoning to South Caicos, but became lost. He ditched the plane and was rescued by a ship.

Probable Cause:

Pilot in command - became lost/disoriented
pilot in command - attempted operation w/known deficiencies in equipment
pilot in command - improper in-flight decisions or planning
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water


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Distance from San Juan-Isla Grande Airport to South Caicos International Airport as the crow flies is 658 km (411 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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