ASN Aircraft accident PADC/Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander N906GD Ceiba-Jose Aponte de la Torre Airport
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Sunday 28 September 2014
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
PADC/Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander
Operator:Air Flamenco
Registration: N906GD
MSN: 3008
First flight: 1984-01-21 (30 years 9 months)
Total airframe hrs:15926
Engines: 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Ceiba-Jose Aponte de la Torre Airport (   Puerto Rico)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Ceiba-José Aponte de la Torre Airport (NRR/TJRV), Puerto Rico
Destination airport:Culebra Airport (CPX/TJCP), Puerto Rico
A Britten-Norman BN-2A-26, N906GD, collided with a ditch after the pilot reported that he lost consciousness while taxiing at Ceiba-Jose Aponte de la Torre Airport (TJRV), Puerto Rico. The pilot received minor injuries and the six passengers were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage.
The pilot reported that prior to the flight, it was extremely hot that day and he did not eat breakfast. While taxiing to the runway, he felt dizzy, lost consciousness, and subsequently the airplane veered off the taxiway and came to rest in a ditch. When the pilot woke up the engines were still running and the passengers were asking the pilot "what should they do." The pilot shut down the engines and instructed the passengers to open the rear door and exit through the rear of the airplane. The passengers exited though the rear doors and gathered on the taxiway behind the airplane. The pilot exited the airplane, verified that there were no injuries, and called for emergency services.

Initial examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed that the airplane sustained substantial damage to the nose gear firewall.

Weather information from the date of the accident shows a temperature of 28.3°C with a heat index of 32.7°C at 09:53 local time.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot’s loss of consciousness during taxi for reasons that could not be determined based on the available information."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 7 months
Accident number: ERA14LA465
Download report: Summary report

Flightcrew incapacitation
Taxiway excursion



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Distance from Ceiba-José Aponte de la Torre Airport to Culebra Airport as the crow flies is 36 km (23 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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