Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2A-9 Islander in Culebra

Date & Time: Feb 15, 2022
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N821RR
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
San Juan - Culebra
MSN:
338
YOM:
1973
Country:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Upon landing on runway 13 at Culebra Airport, the twin engine airplane went out of control, veered off runway and came to rest near a taxiway with the right wing severely bent at root. There were no injuries among the occupants.

Crash of a Britten BN-2A-8 Norman Islander off Culebra: 1 killed

Date & Time: Oct 6, 2013 at 0603 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N909GD
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Vieques - Culebra
MSN:
239
YOM:
1971
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Captain / Total flying hours:
1650
Captain / Total hours on type:
1100.00
Aircraft flight hours:
22575
Circumstances:
The commercial, instrument-rated pilot of the multiengine airplane was conducting a newspaper delivery flight in night visual meteorological conditions. After two uneventful legs, the pilot departed on the third leg without incident. Radar data indicated that, after takeoff, the airplane flew over open water at an altitude of about 100 to 200 ft toward the destination airport and then climbed to 2,400 ft. Shortly thereafter, the pilot performed a 360-degree left turn, followed by a 360-degree right turn while the airplane maintained an altitude of about 2,400 ft, before continuing toward the destination airport. Less than 2 minutes later, the airplane began a rapid descending left turn and then collided with water. The wreckage was subsequently located on the sea floor near the airplane's last radar target. Both wings, the cabin, cockpit, and nose section were destroyed by impact forces. The wreckage was not recovered, which precluded its examination for preimpact malfunctions. The airplane had been operated for about 25 hours since its most recent inspection, which was performed about 3 weeks before the accident. The pilot had accumulated about 1,650 hours of total flight experience, which included about 1,100 hours in the accident airplane make and model. Although the pilot conducted most of his flights during the day, he regularly operated flights in night conditions. The pilot's autopsy did not identify any findings of natural disease significant enough to have contributed to the accident. In addition, although toxicological testing detected ethanol in the pilot's cavity blood, it likely resulted from postmortem production.
Probable cause:
The pilot's failure to maintain airplane control for reasons that could not be determined because the wreckage was not recovered.
Final Report:

Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2A-27 near Cayey

Date & Time: Sep 4, 2003 at 1708 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N630VC
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Isla de Culebra - Ponce
MSN:
868
YOM:
1978
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
3400
Captain / Total hours on type:
400.00
Aircraft flight hours:
10608
Circumstances:
While on descent, the pilot reported that the airplane's left engine had lost power. He secured the left engine, and when he added power to the right engine, he believed it was not developing full power. He could not maintain altitude and elected to perform a forced landing in an open field. The airplane touched down long and with excessive speed on to the field striking trees, power lines and collided with the ground. A maintenance action entry in the aircraft's maintenance logbook indicate that the wing tip fuel tanks had the drain valve o-rings removed and replaced on the day before the accident. The maintenance entry states wing tip tanks were empty. The pilot stated he elected not to fuel either one of the wing tip tanks, due to the fact that maintenance was performed on them and did not select fuel from the wing tip tanks on the day of the accident. Excerpts from Airworthiness Directive (AD) 83-23-1, which is applicable to the accident airplane, states "This is a tip-tanked aircraft. Tip-tanks are to be filled first-used last. Before take-off check both main and tip-tank contents". AD 83-23-1 instructs to place a placard in clear view of the pilot on the instrument panel referring to the protocol of fueling and takeoff processors with regards to fuel tank contents. The mechanic who perform the maintenance to the wing tip tanks stated the placard was installed and in plain view of the pilot. The pilot stated he fueled the airplane with 50 gallons of aviation gasoline for a total of 90 gallons in both main tanks for the flight to Culebra from Ponce. The pilot went on to state prior to the return flight to Ponce from Culebra he checked his fuel quantity, which indicated he had 35 gallons in each main fuel tank for a total of 70 gallons aboard the airplane before departure. Fuel samples from both the FAA and the port authorities from the facility where the airplane was fueled for the flight showed no contamination as per the FAA Inspector statement.
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.
Final Report:

Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander in Culebra

Date & Time: Dec 21, 1971 at 1345 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N589JA
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Vieques – Culebra
MSN:
25
YOM:
1968
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
1800
Captain / Total hours on type:
475.00
Circumstances:
On approach to Culebra Island Airport, the pilot encountered unfavorable weather conditions and decided to land on runway 13 instead of runway 31. After the twin engine aircraft passed over the last hill, it landed hard and bounced several times. The pilot initiated a go-around manoeuvre when the airplane struck a house and crashed. The pilot and a passenger were seriously injured while six other occupants were slightly injured.
Probable cause:
The accident was the result of a poor judgment on part of the pilot. The following factors were reported:
- Delayed in initiating go-around,
- Unfavorable wind conditions,
- Evasive maneuver to avoid collision,
- Downdrafts, updrafts,
- Downwind approach.
Final Report:

Crash of a Grumman G-21A Goose off Culebra Island: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jun 18, 1971 at 1605 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N703A
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Charlotte Amalie – Fajardo
MSN:
B081
YOM:
1944
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
5582
Captain / Total hours on type:
3000.00
Circumstances:
While flying along the coast of Culebra Island on a flight from Charlotte Amalie to Fajardo, both engines failed simultaneously. The pilot reduced his altitude and attempted to ditch the airplane that struck the water surface, crashed few dozen yards offshore and sank rapidly. Nine occupants were injured, five of them seriously while two passengers were killed.
Probable cause:
Double engine failure in flight for undetermined reason.
Final Report: