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Last updated: 22 April 2021
Date:Wednesday 26 December 2001
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2B-26 Islander
Operator:BAL Bremerhaven Airline
Registration: D-IAAI
Msn: 2167
First flight: 1984-01-19 (18 years)
Total airframe hrs:3939
Engines: 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:off Bremerhaven Airport (BRV) (   Germany)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bremerhaven Airport (BRV/EDWB), Germany
Destination airport:Wangerooge Airfield (AGE/EDWG), Germany
The flight from Bremerhaven to Wangerooge was planned to depart at 09:30, but was delayed by over half an hour. At that moment a snow shower passed the airport and snowfall continued for 15 minutes. The pilot then prepared the plane for departure. He wiped some snow off the cockpit windows and leading edge of the wings with his hands. At 10:08 the engines were started and the airplane taxied to runway 34 for departure. The aircraft climbed slowly to a height of 195 feet and set course over the Weser River. It then lost height and crashed into the water.

Probable Cause:

Die Unfallursache war, dass:
- Schnee auf den Tragflächen des Flugzeuges vor dem Start nicht beseitigt wurde und dieser sich auch im Anfangssteigflug nicht ablöste. Dadurch war die Umströmung der Tragfläche gestört und der Auftrieb verringert.
-im Flugbetriebshandbuch (FBH) Verfahrensanweisungen für den Winterflugbetrieb festgelegt waren, die im Luftfahrtunternehmen nicht bekannt waren und damit keine praktische Bedeutung hatten.

Loss of control

» BFU report 3X286-0/01

Follow-up / safety actions

BFU issued 1 Safety Recommendation

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photo of Pilatus-Britten-Norman-BN-2B-26-Islander-D-IAAI
accident date: 26-12-2001
type: Pilatus-Britten Norman BN-2B-26 Islander
registration: D-IAAI

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 Bremerhaven Airport to Wangerooge Airfield as the crow flies is 53 km (33 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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