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Datum:Donnerstag 11 September 1986
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic HERN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH-114 Riley Heron 2
Fluggesellschaft:Fiji Air
Kennzeichen: DQ-FEC
Werknummer: 14078
Baujahr: 1955
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 2
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Vanuabalavu Airport (VBV) (   Fiji Inseln)
Flugphase: Start (TOF)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Vanuabalavu Airport (VBV/NFVB), Fiji Inseln
Flug nach:Suva-Nausori Airport (SUV/NFSU), Fiji Inseln
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.

» 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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