NTSB Identification: ATL97FA113A
Scheduled 14 CFR
Accident occurred Thursday, August 07, 1997 in FAJARDO
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/15/2000
Aircraft: Pilatus BN-2 ISLANDER, registration: N26JA
Injuries: 1 Serious,5 Minor,8 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
On August 7, 1997, about 1248 Atlantic Standard Time, two Britten-Norman BN-2 airplanes, collided in flight, over the landing threshold of runway 08, at the Diego Jimenez Airport, Fajardo, Puerto Rico (PR). Both airplanes were conducting a visual approach at the uncontrolled airport. The pilot of N1202S, was executing a non-standard right traffic pattern approach to landing, while the pilot of N26JA was executing a standard left traffic pattern approach to landing. The airplanes collided over the approach threshold of runway 08, about 100 feet agl. Passengers on N26JA, stated that the other airplane was coming from the right much lower then their airplane and disappeared under them. The next time they saw the other airplane they were colliding into its tail section. Examination of both airplanes revealed no mechanical discrepancies.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The inadequate visual lookout of the pilot of N1202S which resulted in the overtaking of and collision with N26JA Full narrative available
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