ASN Aircraft accident IRMA/Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-27 Islander N902GD Vega Baja
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Wednesday 29 September 2004
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
IRMA/Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-27 Islander
Operator:Air Flamenco
Registration: N902GD
MSN: 905
First flight: 1981
Engines: 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 1 km N off Vega Baja (   Puerto Rico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Mayaguez-Eugenio M. de Hostos Airport (MAZ/TJMZ), Puerto Rico
Destination airport:San Juan-Isla Grande Airport (SIG/TJIG), Puerto Rico
The airplane, transporting bank financial documents, departed Mayaguez at 18:30. En route the airplane approached and penetrated a level 4-5 rain shower. Control was lost and the plane crashed into the sea.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's improper inflight planning which resulted in an inflight encounter with weather (low ceilings and thunderstorms), his loss of aircraft control, and an inflight collision with the ocean during uncontrolled descent."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 182 days (6 months)
Accident number: MIA04LA133
Download report: Summary report


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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
14 AUG 1981 9J-
19 JUL 1988 N70161 Broward Air Service Inc.
N6596Z General Aviation Services Inc.
14 MAR 1991 D-IADM Atlas Air Services
D-IADM OLT - Ostfriesische Lufttransport
17 DEC 1996 N993RA Air Anguilla
N993RA Trans Anguilla Airways
VP-AAE Trans Anguilla Airways
28 JUL 2000 N902GD Air Flamenco
N902GD Air Flamenco

source: Werner Fischdick

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 Mayaguez-Eugenio M. de Hostos Airport to San Juan-Isla Grande Airport as the crow flies is 112 km (70 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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