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Date:Thursday 11 September 1986
Type:Silhouette image of generic HERN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH-114 Riley Heron 2
Operator:Fiji Air
Registration: DQ-FEC
MSN: 14078
First flight: 1955
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Vanuabalavu Airport (VBV) (   Fiji)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Vanuabalavu Airport (VBV/NFVB), Fiji
Destination airport:Suva-Nausori Airport (SUV/NFSU), Fiji
The aircraft veered left off the runway during a downhill and downwind takeoff and collided with a tree.
PROBALE CAUSE: (1) Insufficient visual clues for the pilot to maintain directional control; (2) pilot self medication.

Runway excursion

» ICAO Adrep Summary 4/88 (#23)


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Distance from Vanuabalavu Airport to Suva-Nausori Airport as the crow flies is 274 km (171 miles).

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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