Date & Time: Sep 11, 1986 at 1145 LT
Type of aircraft:
De Havilland DH.114 Heron
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Vanua Balavu - Suva-Nausori
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Takeoff from Vanua Balavu Airport was initiated in poor weather conditions. During the takeoff roll, the airplane deviated to the left then veered off runway and eventually collided with trees. A passenger was killed while both other occupants were injured.
It was determined that the pilot lost control of the aircraft during the takeoff roll in poor weather conditions (low visibility) as he was partially incapacitated due to medication.