On August 7, 1997, about 1248 Atlantic Standard Time, two Britten-Norman BN-2 airplanes, collided in flight, over the landing threshold of runway 8 at the Diego Jimenez Airport, Fajardo, Puerto Rico (PR). N1202S, was registered to Aero Bieke, Inc., AKA Trans-Caribbean Airlines, and operated under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 91 for a personal flight. The Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) and two passengers were not injured, while a third passenger received minor injuries, and the airplane was destroyed. The flight departed Vieques, PR, about 1230 on the same day. N26JA, was operated by Flamenco Airways, Inc. under the provisions of Title 14 CFR Part 135 as a scheduled commuter flight. The ATP rated pilot and four passengers were not injured, 4 passengers received minor injuries, one passenger received a serious injury, and the airplane sustained substantially damaged. The flight originated at Culebra, PR, about 1228, on the same day. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the Fajardo airport at the time of the accident. A flight plan had not been filed for either flight.

Both airplanes were conducting a visual approach to runway 08, 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.

See factual report of investigation ATL-97-FA-113A, for complete report.

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