ROC Aviation’s (Taipei) Britten-Norman BN-2B-26 Islander B-68801 (msn 2255) with three people on board took off this morning from Taipei for a photo flight. The aircraft is now missing and has disappeared off the radar screen. ROC Aviation was operating this single BN-2B-26 Islander.
Copyright Photo: Manuel Negrerie. B-68801 is pictured on final approach to Taipei (Sung Shan International Airport) prior to today’s accident.
Archipiélagos Servicios Aéreos (Puerto Montt) received on September 21 its second Britten-Norman BN-2B-27 Islander. Aircraft arrived in the late afternoon of that day at Marcel Marchant Binder airfield at Puerto Montt (SCPF) after being ferried from Santiago. The airliner is registered CC-PAC (msn 2166) and was used for fisheries prospection duties in northern Chile.
This is the second Islander for Archipiélagos (the first one is CC-CYR) converting the airline as the sole operator of the type in Chile, replacing in some way the Piper Saratoga CC-CDU that had a crash landing at Hornopirén Airfield on July 8 2010 fortunately with minor injuries to the six on board. The airline operates from Puerto Montt to Ayacara, Nueva Chaitén, Poyo, Santa Bárbara, Segundo Corral among other isolated settlements.
A Divi Divi Air (Curacao) pilot was forced to ditch his Britten Norman BN-2A Islander on a flight between Curacao and Bonaire on October 21 after he lost an engine. The pilot died saving his nine passengers.