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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Sunday 6 October 2013
Time:06:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-8 Islander
Operator:Air Flamenco
Registration: N909GD
C/n / msn: 239
First flight: 1971
Engines: 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:6,5 km (4.1 mls) W off Cayo Luis Peña (   Puerto Rico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Vieques Airport (VQS/TJCG), Puerto Rico
Destination airport:Culebra Airport (CPX/TJCP), Puerto Rico
Narrative:
A Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander airplane crashed at sea off Cayo Luis Peña, Puerto Rico, killing the pilot.
The pilot originally departed from Culebra Airport (CPX) about 05:00, and flew to Ceiba, Puerto Rico, to pick up a load of Sunday newspapers. He then flew to Vieques (VQS) without incident, and was returning to Culebra at the time of the accident.
The airplane impacted the water and was destroyed.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 5 months
Accident number: ERA14LA007
Download report: Summary report

Sources:
» NTSB
» El Nuevo Dia


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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 Vieques Airport to Culebra Airport as the crow flies is 28 km (18 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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