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Date:Thursday 12 July 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A-9 Islander
Operator:Fiji Air
Registration: DQ-FBO
MSN: 195
First flight: 1970-06-23 (9 years )
Total airframe hrs:8835
Engines: 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:10 km (6.3 mls) ENE of Bua (   Fiji)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Suva-Nausori Airport (SUV/NFSU), Fiji
Destination airport:Bua-Dama Airport (BVF/NFNU), Fiji
Flightnumber: 71
Flight 71 departed Suva at 09:46 on a domestic 35-minute flight to Bua. When the aircraft failed to arrive there, a search and rescue operation was started. The wreckage of the aircraft was located by a ground party on 14 July 1979 in a tropical rain forest at an altitude of 1450 feet amsl.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was caused by the pilot in command continuing the flight into conditions where he lost visual reference with the surface which resulted in the aircraft colliding with the terrain."

VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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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 Suva-Nausori Airport to Bua-Dama Airport as the crow flies is 138 km (86 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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