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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:
Date:Sunday 17 March 1996
Time:12:12 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
IRMA/Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-21 Islander
Operator:Wagner Foundation
Registration: N904WA
C/n / msn: 904
First flight: 1981
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Njaršvķk (   Iceland)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Reykjavķk Domestic Airport (RKV/BIRK), Iceland
Destination airport:Narsarsuaq Airport (UAK/BGBW), Greenland
Narrative:
The Islander was being ferried to the United States. It departed Reykjavķk weighing 297 kg in excess of the mtow. Shortly after takeoff the pilot radioed that she had dropped her portable GPS on the floor and could not locate it. She decided to divert to Keflavik International Airport. During descent the no. 2 engine failed. The pilot did not feather the prop nor did she try to restart the engine. The airplane descended until it crash-landed in rough terrain some 5 nm (9 km) short of the airport. Investigation revealed that the mixture control for the no. 2 engine was pulled back. This may have occurred inadvertently by the pilot's sleeve when searching for the GPS device.

Sources:
» BAAA-ACRO
» ICAO Adrep Summary 6/96 #56
» Scramble


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Distance from Reykjavķk Domestic Airport to Narsarsuaq Airport as the crow flies is 1227 km (767 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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