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Last updated: 27 October 2021
Date:Thursday 22 August 2013
Time:ca 15:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2B-27 Islander
Operator:Gobierno del Estado de Chihuahua
Registration: XC-FEE
MSN: 2022
First flight: 1980
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Purisima del Maguey, Zacatecas (   Mexico)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Official state flight
Departure airport:Chihuahua-Gen Fierro Villalobos Airport (CUU/MMCU), Mexico
Destination airport:Zacatecas-La Calera Airport (ZCL/MMZC), Mexico
The BN-2B-27 Islander was force landed near Zacatecas, Mexico, following a loss of engine power in flight. The aircraft departed Chihuahua at 11:52 hours (19:52 UTC) with destination Zacatecas. When the 15 NM from Zacatecas, the right hand engine lost power. The aircraft was not able to maintain altitude, whereupon de pilot decided to perform a forced landing.
The plane sustained substantial damage. Two occupants were injured.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Number one engine shutdown in flight due to lack of fuel."
(1) Failure to apply the standard procedures relating to the quantity of fuel required as set out in the applicable regulations which were not provided to the crew by the operator.
(2) Inadequate pre-flight preparation
3) Non-adherence to VFR rules
4) Lack of familiarity in the equipment on the part of the pilot when not receiving training in the flight equipment on the part of the operator.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: SCT Mexico
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 293 days (10 months)
Accident number: ACCR-061/13 MMZC
Download report: Final report

Fuel exhaustion

Forced landing outside airport

» BNAPS News January 2017


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Distance from Chihuahua-Gen Fierro Villalobos Airport to Zacatecas-La Calera Airport as the crow flies is 719 km (450 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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