ASN Aircraft accident Britten-Norman BN-2A Trislander Mk.III YJ-RV3 Port Vila-Bauerfield Airport (VLI)
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Date:Wednesday 3 January 1990
Type:Silhouette image of generic TRIS model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A Trislander Mk.III
Registration: YJ-RV3
MSN: 0349
First flight: 1973
Engines: 3 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:15 km (9.4 mls) from Port Vila-Bauerfield Airport (VLI) (   Vanuatu)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Lenakel Airfield (TAH), Vanuatu
Destination airport:Port Vila-Bauerfield Airport (VLI/NVVV), Vanuatu
En route over Shark Bay the plane ran out of fuel. The pilot turned back to open ground, attempting to land in a cleared paddock. The airplane landed but struck felled coconut trees in the long grass.
There appeared to be fuel left in the tip tanks, thought the main tanks were dry.

Fuel exhaustion
Forced landing outside airport

» Antony Deamer (by E-mail, 28-11-2010)


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Distance from Lenakel Airfield to Port Vila-Bauerfield Airport as the crow flies is 224 km (140 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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