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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:
Date:Sunday 22 October 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
IRMA/Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander
Operator:Solomon Islands Airlines
Registration: H4-AAC
C/n / msn: 613
First flight: 1970-06-29 (8 years 4 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:off Bellona Island (   Solomon Islands)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bellona Airport (BNY/AGGB), Solomon Islands
Destination airport:Honiara-Henderson International Airport (HIR/AGGH), Solomon Islands
Narrative:
While attempting to return to Bellona after encountering weather, the pilot became disoriented and was unable to locate Bellona. The plane ditched into the sea after running out of fuel while the pilot was in radio contact.
The airplane was never found.

Classification:
Missing
Ditching

Sources:
» Flight International 20-1-1979
» Peter Thompson (E-mail, 10-8-2010)
» World Directory of Airliner Crashes


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Distance from Bellona Airport to Honiara-Henderson International Airport as the crow flies is 209 km (131 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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