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Accident description
Last updated: 15 December 2017
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 31 October 1987
Time:13:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
IRMA/Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander
Operator:Onyx Aviation
Registration: N25MR
C/n / msn: 881
First flight: 1979-03-29 (8 years 7 months)
Total airframe hrs:1119
Engines: 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Desert Center, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:El Paso International Airport, TX (ELP/KELP), United States of America
Destination airport:Santa Paula Airport, CA (SZP), United States of America
Narrative:
The Islander broke up in flight and crashed. The pilot who was hired to ferry the plane told the ferry company he was an experienced Islander pilot, but no previous Islander flight time was found in the pilot's logbook.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
design stress limits of aircraft - exceeded - pilot in command
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
weather condition - low ceiling
in-flight planning/decision - improper - pilot in command
self-induced pressure - pilot in command

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 8 months
Accident number: LAX88FA065
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Flightcrew un(der)qualified

Loss of control

Sources:
» BAAA-ACRO
» NTSB


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Distance from El Paso International Airport, TX to Santa Paula Airport, CA as the crow flies is 1206 km (754 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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