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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 4 September 2003
Time:17:08
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
IRMA/Britten-Norman BN-2A-27 Islander
Operator:Venagas Construction Corporation
Registration: N630VC
C/n / msn: 868
First flight: 1978-07-13 (25 years 2 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Cayey (   Puerto Rico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Culebra Airport (CPX/TJCP), Puerto Rico
Destination airport:Ponce-Mercedita Airport (PSE/TJPS), Puerto Rico
Narrative:
While on descent from 6,500 feet the airplane's left engine lost power. The pilot secured the left engine. The remaining engine did not develop enough power to maintain altitude. The pilot elected to perform a forced landing in an open field, next to a runner's track. The airplane touched down long and with excessive speed on the field. The pilot took the airplane back into the air to clear trees and power lines separating the field from the runner's track. The airplane struck the trees, power lines and collided with the ground. Everyone on board escaped out moments before the airplane was consumed by postaccident fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The loss of power on the left engine and partial lost of power on the right engine for undetermined reasons resulting in a force landing and impact with wires, tree, and terrain during subsequent force landing."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 272 days (9 months)
Accident number: MIA03LA177
Download report: Summary report

Sources:
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» NTSB


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Distance from Culebra Airport to Ponce-Mercedita Airport as the crow flies is 136 km (85 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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