ASN Aircraft accident IRMA/Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander N25MR Desert Center, CA
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 31 October 1987
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
IRMA/Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander
Operator:Onyx Aviation
Registration: N25MR
MSN: 881
First flight: 1979-03-29 (8 years 7 months)
Total airframe hrs:1119
Engines: 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Desert Center, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:El Paso International Airport, TX (ELP/KELP), United States of America
Destination airport:Santa Paula Airport, CA (SZP), United States of America
The Islander broke up in flight and crashed. The pilot who was hired to ferry the plane told the ferry company he was an experienced Islander pilot, but no previous Islander flight time was found in the pilot's logbook.

Probable Cause:

design stress limits of aircraft - exceeded - pilot in command
weather condition - low ceiling
in-flight planning/decision - improper - pilot in command
self-induced pressure - pilot in command

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 8 months
Accident number: LAX88FA065
Download report: Summary report

Flightcrew un(der)qualified
Airframe failure
Loss of control



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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 El Paso International Airport, TX to Santa Paula Airport, CA as the crow flies is 1206 km (754 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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