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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 143807
Last updated: 16 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2T Islander
Owner/operator:Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI)
Registration: G-BSWR
MSN: 2245
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Location:Belfast International Airport, Belfast Northern Ireland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Aerial patrol
Departure airport:Belfast International Airport (BFS/EGAA)
Destination airport:Belfast International Airport (BFS/EGAA)
Investigating agency: AAIB
"Scout 1" made a visual approach, at night, to Runway 07 at Belfast International Airport. The aircraft touched down short of the runway, making contact with the runway approach lighting system. Damage to the aircraft was discovered by the pilot when he inspected the aircraft after landing.

The pilot subsequently considered that one explanation for the accident could be that, from his eye position, the single crossbar on the approach lights merged with the green threshold lights, thereby leading him to aim his touchdown at a point just beyond the crossbar. Other possible factors were that the night was very dark, with high overcast cloud, and that the final approach for Runway 07 is over an area with little cultural lighting. There was, therefore, a lack of visual cues, other than the PAPIs, on which to judge the position of the aircraft relative to the surface and the runway.

The operator has advised its pilots that the PAPIs must be used for approaches at night when they are available.


1. AAIB:
2. CAA;

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Photo of G-BSWR courtesy

Lee-on-Solent (EGHF)
22 May 2021; (c) Howard J Curtis

Revision history:

17-Feb-2012 13:24 harro Added
15-Sep-2012 15:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Embed code]
18-Oct-2012 11:01 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
25-Oct-2015 11:36 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]
10-Dec-2016 23:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source]

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