Aviation safety investigations & reports

Britten Norman BN2-A21 Islander, VH-FCJ, Mabuiag Island QLD, 9 June 1990

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Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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Well before the flight was due to depart, the company agent at Mabuiag Island endeavoured to warn the operator that the strip was wet and unsuitable for operations. This attempt to communicate failed due to a local fault in the Telecom system. The pilot was aware of a previous recent accident where a pilot landed short of the runway lip. When he arrived, he assessed the strip as suitable and landed well into the strip. By the time that he discovered that the strip was slippery, it was too late to go around. When it became obvious that he could not stop within the confines of the strip by using normal braking, he attempted a ground loop. The aircraft slid sideways off the end of the strip onto a beach.

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General details
Date: 09 June 1990   Investigation status: Completed  
Time: 1340    
Location: Mabuiag Island    
State: Queensland   Occurrence type: Loss of control  
Release date: 29 June 1990   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: None  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Pilatus Britten-Norman Ltd  
Aircraft model BN2  
Aircraft registration VH-FCJ  
Serial number 448  
Type of operation Charter  
Damage to aircraft Substantial  
Departure point Horn Island QLD  
Departure time 1320  
Destination Mabuiag Island QLD