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Last updated: 17 November 2018
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Saturday 28 July 2018
Time:10:37
Type:Silhouette image of generic AT75 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
ATR 72-500 (72-212A)
Operator:Air Vanuatu
Registration: YJ-AV71
C/n / msn: 720
First flight: 2005-06-06 (13 years 2 months)
Total airframe hrs:19887
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 39
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 43
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Port Vila-Bauerfield Airport (VLI) (   Vanuatu)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Tanna-White Grass Airport (TAH/NVVW), Vanuatu
Destination airport:Port Vila-Bauerfield Airport (VLI/NVVV), Vanuatu
Flightnumber:NF239
Narrative:
An ATR 72-500 operated by Air Vanuatu as flight 239 veered off the runway during the initial landing roll at Port Vila-Bauerfield Airport, Vanuatu, hitting two parked aircraft.
The aircraft was operating a scheduled passenger service from Tanna-Whitegrass Airport to Bauerfield Airport with 39 passengers and a crew of four.
As the airplane overflew the island of Erromango, the pilots reported hearing a 'bang' sound and the cockpit engine instruments indicted a loss of oil pressure on the no.2 (right) engine and smoke. They shut down the no.2 engine and commenced the checklists for engine shut down and smoke.
The pilots reported that they encountered flight control abnormalities during the approach to the Bauerfield Airport runway, with the aircraft making uncommanded roll actions.
During the initial touchdown, the aircraft veered left and tracked about 450 metres from the runway towards the hangar. It impacted a parked BN-2 Islander aircraft of Unity Airlines (YJ-OO9) and severing the vertical stabilizer of another parked BN-2 Islander (YJ-AL2 of Air Taxi).
The pilot in command stated that they had no nose-wheel steering or brakes and they were powerless to stop the aircraft. It came to an abrupt stop after the collision with the Islanders. The passengers and crew safely egressed the aircraft without injury.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AIC PNG
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: AIC 18-1002

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» Daily Post
» PNG AIC preliminary report


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Distance from Tanna-White Grass Airport to Port Vila-Bauerfield Airport as the crow flies is 216 km (135 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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