ASN Aircraft accident PADC/Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander 8R-GRA Eteringbang Airport
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 25 July 2017
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
PADC/Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander
Operator:Roraima Airways
Registration: 8R-GRA
MSN: 3006
First flight: 1982
Total airframe hrs:24716
Engines: 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:0,25 km (0.2 mls) from Eteringbang Airport (   Guyana)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Ekereku Airport (EKE), Guyana
Destination airport:Eteringbang Airport (SYET), Guyana
A BN-2A-26 Islander impacted terrain while on approach to runway 03 at Eteringbang Airport, Guyana. The pilot sustained fatal injuries.
The aircraft was engaged in shuttling fuel for miners between Ekereku and Eteringbang. It came down in an area of thick vegetation.

Probable Cause:

Probable Cause:
The pilot flew a non-standard traffic pattern very low and very close to the runway. The excessive and extreme fight manoeuvres to position the aircraft for the landing resulted in a loss of aircraft control.
Contributory Factors:
The pilot’s failure to operate in accordance with established standard operating procedures when approaching the runway to land.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: GAAIU
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 10 months
Accident number: GAAIU 3/1/17
Download report: Final report

Non-adherence to procedures
Loss of control

» Updated: Roraima Airways pilot dies in plane crash (, 25 July 2017)
» Pilot perishes in Eteringbang crash (, 26 July 2017)

Follow-up / safety actions

GAAIU issued 10 Safety Recommendations

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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
8 Sep. 1982 RP-C552 PADC first flight
1985 RP-C552 Philippine Aerotransport
15 July 1986 JA5280 Asahi Koyo
23 March 1992 N42540 Air Motive Company
May 1993 N42540 REH Aviation Inc
Sep. 1994 N42540 Island Hopper Airline
April 1995 8R-GRA Roraima Airways
27 Nov. 1996 8R-GRA Roraima Airways hijacked on a domestic flight
24 Aug. 2016 8R-GRA Roraima Airways runway excursion at Eteringbang

source: Werner Fischdick

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 Ekereku Airport to Eteringbang Airport as the crow flies is 31 km (20 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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