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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:
Date:Monday 8 January 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A-27 Islander
Operator:Mustique Airways
Registration: J8-VAK
C/n / msn: 436
First flight: 1975-03-29 (20 years 10 months)
Engines: 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 10
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:30 km (18.8 mls) SW off Bridgetown, Barbados (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Union Island Airport (UNI/TVSU), Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Destination airport:Bridgetown-Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI/TBPB), Barbados
Narrative:
While in cruise flight at 7000 feet, the no. 2 engine failed. The pilot was unable to maintain height and the airplane gradually descended until a ditching was unavoidable.

Classification:
Ditching

Sources:
» BAAA-ACRO
» Scramble
» Thomas Brügge
» WAAS


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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
29 MAR 1975 G-BCWU first flight
29 MAR 1975 9Q-CIN National Institute for Conservation of Nature
13 MAY 1975 9Q-CIN W. McAlpine Contractors
G-BCWU Marchwiel Plant & Engineering Co.
15 JUL 1983 G-BCWU Eagle Aircraft Services
06 SEP 1983 G-BCWU West London Air Charter Ltd.
11 OCT 1983 J8-VAK St. Vincent Air Service
J8-VAK Mustique Airways

» source: Werner Fischdick

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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 Union Island Airport to Bridgetown-Grantley Adams International Airport as the crow flies is 215 km (134 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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