Date: August 25, 2000
Time: c 17:30
Location: Hilo Bay, Hawaii
Operator: Big Island Airlines
Flight #: 57
Route: Sightseeing
AC Type: Piper PA-31-350 Navajo Chieftain
Registration: N923BA
cn / ln: 31-8252024
Aboard: 9   (passengers:8  crew:1)
Fatalities: 1   (passengers:1  crew:0)
Ground: 0
Summary: The aircraft, was on an around-the-island tour when it's right engine caught fire. While attempting an emergency landing at Hilo International Airport, the plane ditched into Hilo Bay. Eight people escaped from the plane before it sank in 100 feet of water. One passenger was not able to exit the plane and drowned. Possible failure of the turbo unit on the right engine.

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