ASN Aircraft accident Britten-Norman BN-2A-20 Islander VH-FCJ Mabuiag Island Airport, QLD (UBB)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 9 June 1990
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A-20 Islander
Operator:Falcon Airlines
Registration: VH-FCJ
MSN: 448
First flight: 1975-06-05 (15 years )
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Mabuiag Island Airport, QLD (UBB) (   Australia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Horn Island Airport, QLD (HID/YHID), Australia
Destination airport:Mabuiag Island Airport, QLD (UBB/YMAA), Australia
Well before the flight was due to depart, the company agent at Mabuiag Island endeavoured to warn the operator that the strip was wet and unsuitable for operations. This attempt to communicate failed due to a local fault in the Telecom system. The pilot was aware of a previous recent accident where a pilot landed short of the runway lip.
When he arrived, he assessed the strip as suitable and landed well into the strip. By the time that he discovered that the strip was slippery, it was too late to go around. When it became obvious that he could not stop within the confines of the strip by using normal braking, he attempted a ground loop. The aircraft slid sideways off the end of the strip onto a beach.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: BASI
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 20 days ()
Accident number: 199003074
Download report: Summary report


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Distance from Horn Island Airport, QLD to Mabuiag Island Airport, QLD as the crow flies is 71 km (45 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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