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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 28 November 1989
Time:18:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2 Islander
Operator:New England Airlines
Registration: N127JL
C/n / msn: 69
First flight: 1969-04-30 (20 years 7 months)
Engines: 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:6,5 km (4.1 mls) NW off Block Island, RI (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Block Island Airport, RI (BID/KBID), United States of America
Destination airport:Westerly State Airport, RI (WST/KWST), United States of America
Narrative:
Crashed at sea.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The aircraft crashed for an undetermined reason, during an overwater flight on a dark (moonless) night under a cloud layer. A sigmet was in effect warning of moderate to occasionally severe turbulence below 6000 feet and the potential of low level wind shear."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 3 months
Accident number: DCA90MA010
Download report: Summary report

Sources:
» BAAA-ACRO
» NTSB


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Distance from Block Island Airport, RI to Westerly State Airport, RI as the crow flies is 27 km (17 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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