ASN Aircraft accident Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander 8R-GAR Kopinang Airfield
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Wednesday 12 April 2017
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A-26 Islander
Operator:Air Services Limited - ASL
Registration: 8R-GAR
MSN: 306
First flight: 1971
Total airframe hrs:15218
Engines: 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Kopinang Airfield (   Guyana)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mahdia Airport (MHA/SYMD), Guyana
Destination airport:Kopinang Airfield (SYKO), Guyana
The BN-2A-26 Islander aircraft departed from Air Services Limited's company base at the Eugene F. Correia International Airport for Mahdia Airstrip. The aircraft was programmed to do a series of shuttles to various airstrips in the Region 8 area. The accident flight was the second shuttle between Mahdia and Kopinang. The previous flight was normal.
For the second shuttle, the aircraft was loaded with one passenger and cargo for a flight to Kopinang Airstrip. The aircraft departed Mahdia at 11:12 hrs local time with an estimated flying time of 24 minutes. As the aircraft approached Kopinang, rain was observed over the airstrip. This caused the pilot to hold for about 10-15 minutes East of the field to allow the rain to pass.
The aircraft landed, but during the landing roll the wheels locked up. The brakes were modulated, and the flaps were raised but the aircraft did not stop. The pilot then moved the mixture controls to shutoff and steered the aircraft left towards a playfield. This was occupied and he turned the aircraft right, into a construction site that was located off the end of the usable portion of the runway. The aircraft stopped in the construction area.
The right hand main landing gear broke off and the nose landing gear was bent.

Probable Cause:

This accident was caused because the aircraft could not be stopped, after landing, within the usable portion of the runway.
Contributory Factors:
1. The decision to land, without making a proper assessment of the runway conditions.
2. The wetness of the runway, which prevented effective braking.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: GCAA-AIT
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: final report
Download report: Final report

Runway excursion (overrun)



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Distance from Mahdia Airport to Kopinang Airfield as the crow flies is 86 km (54 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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