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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 17 July 1994
Time:21:45
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
IRMA/Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2B-26 Islander
Operating for:Air Martinique
Leased from:Trans Island Air
Registration: 8P-TAD
C/n / msn: 2152
First flight: 1982-11-19 (11 years 8 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:13 km (8.1 mls) NNW of Fort de France-Lamentin Airport (FDF) (   Martinique)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bridgetown-Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI/TBPB), Barbados
Destination airport:Fort de France-Lamentin Airport (FDF/TFFF), Martinique
Narrative:
The Islander was cleared for a visual approach to runway 09 at Fort de France. It struck the side of Les Pitons du Cabbets, 15 feet below the summit of this 2795 feet high hill.

Probable Cause:

CAUSES: "The accident was caused by the pilot's failure to identify the airdrome installations before the start of the night visual approach procedure under an IFR flight plan.
The probable failure of the onboard DME and the imprecise navigation contributed to the accident."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: Report 8p-d940718a
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» ICAO Adrep Summary 5/94


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Bridgetown-Grantley Adams International Airport to Fort de France-Lamentin Airport as the crow flies is 233 km (146 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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