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Last updated: 24 January 2022
Date:Thursday 25 July 1991
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A-6 Islander
Registration: YJ-RV4
MSN: 220
First flight: 1970
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:near Olpoi (   Vanuatu)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Olpoi-Lajmoli Airport (OLJ/NVSZ), Vanuatu
Destination airport:Espirítu Santo-Pekoa Airport (SON/NVSS), Vanuatu
The departure track was varied to allow forestry passengers to study trees. The Islander contacted tree tops on a mountain saddle, lost control and crashed into the mountainside forest at an elevation of 2500 feet. The terrain and vegetation was conducive to spatial disorientation. The pilot was not experienced in low flying or mountain flying operations.


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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 Olpoi-Lajmoli Airport to Espirítu Santo-Pekoa Airport as the crow flies is 99 km (62 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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