Narrative:On finals (at 600 feet) the right engine failed. Although he added some power on the remaining engine, the pilot couldn't control the yaw to the right. The gear collapsed during the forced landing in a field. A fire consumed the aircraft.
|Date:||Tuesday 13 May 1980|
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
|Operator:||Skywest Airlines (Australia)|
|C/n / msn:|| TC-275|
|First flight:|| 1978|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12 |
|Airplane damage:|| Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||near Esperance Airport, WA (EPR) ( Australia)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Destination airport:||Esperance Airport, WA (EPR/YESP), Australia|
PROBABLE CAUSE: Broken gear in the fuel control drive. Operator's standard procedures for lowering full flaps early in the approach didn't allow for an engine failure after flap extension.
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.