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Last updated: 14 May 2021
Datum:Donnerstag 7 August 1997
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander
Fluggesellschaft:Aero Bieke
Kennzeichen: N1202S
Werknummer: 193
Baujahr: 1971
Triebwerk: 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 4
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Fajardo Airport (FAJ) (   Puerto Rico)
Flugphase: Landung (LDG)
Flug von:Vieques Airport (VQS/TJCG),
Flug nach:Fajardo Airport (FAJ/TJFA),
The pilot of N1202S, was executing a non-standard right traffic pattern approach to landing at Fajardo, while the pilot of another BN-2 Islander, N26JA, was executing a standard left traffic pattern approach to landing. The airplanes collided over the approach threshold of runway 08, about 100 feet agl.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to maintain adequate visual lookout."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 6 months
Accident number: ATL97FA113B
Download report: Summary report


Following the accident, it was found that the owner and pilot on different but
numerous flights, operated his aircraft (N1202S) without a U.S.-issued airworthiness certificate, operated it while it was in an unairworthy condition and in contravention of the terms of a Federal Aviation Administration-issued ferry permit, and flew it for commercial flights when he had not met various Part
135 requirements. He also falsified records submitted to the FAA.
The operating certificate of Aero Bieke was revoked on August 12, 1997 and the pilot's ATPL was later also revoked.


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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 Vieques Airport to Fajardo Airport as the crow flies is 26 km (16 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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