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Fecha:jueves 12 julio 1979
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A-9 Islander
Operador:Fiji Air
Registración: DQ-FBO
Numéro de série: 195
Año de Construcción: 1970-06-23 (9 years )
Horas Totales de la Célula:8835
Motores: 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 1 / Ocupantes: 1
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 8 / Ocupantes: 8
Total:Fatalidades: 9 / Ocupantes: 9
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:10 km (6.3 milles) ENE of Bua (   Fiyi)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Suva-Nausori Airport (SUV/NFSU), Fiyi
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Bua-Dama Airport (BVF/NFNU), Fiyi
Número de Vuelo: 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."

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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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