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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Sunday 7 April 1996
Time:06:00 AST
Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Vista Liner 300
Operator:Dolphin Express Airlines
Registration: N143SA
MSN: 591
First flight: 1978
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Virgin Gorda Airport (VIJ) (   British Virgin Islands)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Virgin Gorda Airport (VIJ/TUPW), British Virgin Islands
Destination airport:Saint Croix-Alexander Hamilton Airport (STX/TISX), U.S. Virgin Islands
The Twin Otter lost directional control and ran off the runway and struck a fence. The wing was ripped off.

Runway excursion

» Air Safety Week 29 April 1996 (p. 6)
» Professional Pilot June 1996(20)
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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 Virgin Gorda Airport to Saint Croix-Alexander Hamilton Airport as the crow flies is 91 km (57 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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