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Datum:Samstag 16 Januar 1999
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
IRMA/Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander
Fluggesellschaft:Uzu Air
Kennzeichen: VH-XFF
Werknummer: 763
Baujahr: 1975-11-19 (23 years 2 months)
Triebwerk: 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 1
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 3
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 4
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Coconut Island Airport, QLD (CNC) (   Australien)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Horn Island Airport, QLD (HID/YHID), Australien
Flug nach:Coconut Island Airport, QLD (CNC/YCCT), Australien
The flight apparently proceeded normally until late final approach when the pilot initiated a go-around because of a vehicle on the airstrip. The aircraft rolled and yawed left, descended steeply and crashed onto a tidal flat.

Probable Cause:

1. The pilot initiated a go-around from final approach because of a vehicle on the airstrip.
2. The left propeller showed little evidence of rotation damage. The reason for a possible loss of left engine power could not be determined.
3. For reasons that could not be established, the pilot lost control of the aircraft at a low height.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 11 months
Accident number: ATSB Occurrence 199900220
Download report: Final report
Language: English

» ATSB Occurrence Number 199900220


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Aircraft history
date registration operator remarks
19 NOV 1975 G-BDHP first flight
VH-TXF Hawker DeHavilland, NSW
P2-PAD Panga Airways
P2-PAD Talair
P2-ISP Talair
18 DEC 1989 VH-XFF West Flight Airlines
VH-XFF Northwest Aviation
VH-XFF Air North West
VH-XFF Aquaflight Airways

» source: Werner Fischdick

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 Horn Island Airport, QLD to Coconut Island Airport, QLD as the crow flies is 103 km (65 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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