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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Monday 19 December 1977
Time:07:48
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A-6 Islander
Operator:Vieques Air Link
Registration: N862JA
C/n / msn: 184
First flight: 1970-06-02 (7 years 7 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 10
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Vieques (   Puerto Rico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Saint Croix-Alexander Hamilton Airport (STX/TISX), U.S. Virgin Islands
Destination airport:Vieques Airport (VQS/TJCG), Puerto Rico
Narrative:
Both engines flamed out due to fuel exhaustion. The aircraft was ditched off Vieques.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
pilot in command - mismanagement of fuel
miscellaneous acts,conditions - fuel exhaustion
FACTORS:
miscellaneous acts,conditions - failure of two or more engines
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water
complete power loss - complete engine failure/flameout-2 engines

Classification:
All engine powerloss
Ditching

Sources:
» BAAA-ACRO
» NTSB
» Thomas Brügge
» World Directory of Airliner Crashes


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Distance from Saint Croix-Alexander Hamilton Airport to Vieques Airport as the crow flies is 87 km (55 miles).

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