ASN Aircraft accident IRMA/Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2B-20 Islander N16VM Majuro, Marshall Islands
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Friday 2 December 1994
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
IRMA/Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2B-20 Islander
Operating for:Southern Cross Aviation
Leased from:Trans Island Air
Registration: N16VM
MSN: 2204
First flight: 1989-03-02 (5 years 9 months)
Engines: 2 Lycoming IO-540-K1B5
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:320 km (200 mls) NE off Majuro, Marshall Islands (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Majuro-Amata Kabua International Airport (MAJ/PKMJ), Marshall Islands
Destination airport:Honolulu International Airport, HI (HNL/PHNL), United States of America
The aircraft was being operated as a flight of two on a ferry flight from the Marshall Islands to Honolulu. The airplane was equipped with auxiliary fuel tanks. About 2 hours after departure, while at an altitude of 7,000 feet msl, the accompanying airplane noticed smoke trailing from the left engine of the Islander. The two aircraft turned around and the pilot declared an emergency. The left engine of N16VM quit and the pilot feathered the propeller. The pilot was unable to maintain level flight and the aircraft was ditched in rough water and subsequently sank. The pilot was rescued about 20 hours afterwards.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An undetermined failure of the left engine. The inability of the airplane to maintain level flight and exceeding the one-engine capability was a factor in the accident."


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Distance from Majuro-Amata Kabua International Airport to Honolulu International Airport, HI as the crow flies is 3649 km (2281 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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