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Last updated: 1 December 2021
Date:Monday 16 May 2005
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander
Operator:Flamingo Air Charter
Registration: C6-ASA
MSN: 599
First flight: 1977-05-25 (28 years)
Total airframe hrs:16711
Engines: 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:5,5 km (3.4 mls) NE from Exuma International Airport (GGT) (   Bahamas)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Bimini International Airport (BIM/MYBS), Bahamas
Destination airport:George Town-Exuma International Airport (GGT/MYEG), Bahamas
The BN-2A Islander plane operated as an on demand air commuter flight. It originated from Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas to Exuma, Bahamas with an intermediate stop in South Bimini, Bahamas.
The pilot reported that the ground speed was very low as he was about 35 minutes south of Nassau International Airport, while en route to Exuma. He continued, judging that he had 1 hour and 30 minutes of fuel. About 10 miles from Exuma the right engine quit and two minutes later the left engine quit. The pilot then selected a suitable place to land and force landed in bushes, 5,5 km from runway 12 at Exuma.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause:
The Flight Standards Inspectorate determined that the probable cause of this accident as Fuel Exhaustion.
The Pilot could not calculate the fuel for the intended journey.
The Pilot used poor judgment when he elected to continue on to Moss Town International Airport rather than returning back to Nassau International Airport when he first experienced the problem.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: DCA Bahamas
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 73 days (2 months)
Accident number: A0516517
Download report: Final report

Fuel exhaustion
Forced landing outside airport


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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 Bimini International Airport to George Town-Exuma International Airport as the crow flies is 428 km (268 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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