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Last updated: 21 February 2020
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 21 December 1971
Time:13:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander
Operator:Vieques Air Link
Registration: N589JA
C/n / msn: 25
First flight: 1968-07-27 (3 years 5 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Culebra Airport (CPX) (   Puerto Rico)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Vieques Airport (VQS/TJCG), Puerto Rico
Destination airport:Culebra Airport (CPX/TJCP), Puerto Rico
Narrative:
The aircraft bounced on landing. The pilot initiated a go-around over hills. The airplane was unable to clear a house and crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - exercised poor judgment
pilot in command - delayed in initiating go-around
weather - unfavorable wind conditions
miscellaneous - evasive maneuver to avoid collision
FACTORS:
weather - downdraft,updrafts
terrain - other
miscellaneous acts,conditions - downwind

Sources:
» BAAA-ACRO
» NTSB
» World Directory of Airliner Crashes


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Distance from Vieques Airport to Culebra Airport as the crow flies is 28 km (18 miles).

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