ASN Aircraft accident Britten-Norman BN-2A-6 Islander N866JA Beaver Island-Welke Airport, MI
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 13 November 2021
Type:Silhouette image of generic BN2P model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Britten-Norman BN-2A-6 Islander
Operator:Island Airways
Registration: N866JA
MSN: 185
First flight: 1970
Total airframe hrs:20784
Engines: 2 Lycoming O-540-E4C5
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:0,1 km (0.1 mls) S of Beaver Island-Welke Airport, MI (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Charlevoix Municipal Airport, MI (KCVX), United States of America
Destination airport:Beaver Island-Welke Airport, MI, United States of America
A Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander, was destroyed when it impacted the ground about 110 ft east of the extended centerline of runway 35 at Beaver Island-Welke Airport, and 320 ft south of the runway threshold. One passenger survived with serious injuries.

The aircraft had departed Charlevoix Municipal Airport, Michigan at 13:32 hours local time. Weather reported at SJX airport, 4 nautical miles southwest of Welke Airport, showed scattered clouds at 1800 feet at 13:35, dropping to 700 feet in the following 30 minutes, along with intermittent snowfall and gusting winds.

Probable Cause:

Probable cause: "The pilot's exceedance of the airplane's critical angle of attack during final approach, which resulted in an aerodynamic stall and loss of control at an altitude too low to recover."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 11 months
Accident number: CEN22FA031
Download report: Summary report

Loss of control


METAR Weather report:
18:15 UTC / 13:15 local time:
KSJX 131815Z AUTO 32011G15KT 10SM SCT013 SCT019 BKN037 05/00 A2973 RMK AO2 T00510003

18:35 UTC / 13:35 local time:
KSJX 131835Z AUTO 33010G19KT 5SM -SN SCT018 SCT022 BKN028 03/00 A2974 RMK AO2 T00330003

18:55 UTC / 13:55 local time:
METAR KSJX 131855Z AUTO 32011G20KT 10SM SCT020 SCT030 SCT038 04/00 A2973

19:15 UTC / 14:15 local time:
METAR KSJX 131915Z AUTO 31005G16KT 4SM -SN SCT007 SCT018 BKN044 03/01 A2974


photo of BN-2A-6-Islander-N866JA
accident date: 13-11-2021
type: Britten-Norman BN-2A-6 Islander
registration: N866JA

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 Charlevoix Municipal Airport, MI to Beaver Island-Welke Airport, MI as the crow flies is 50 km (31 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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