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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 7 December 1982
Time:19:07
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III
Operator:Pioneer Airlines
Registration: N30093
C/n / msn: AC-449
First flight: 1981
Total airframe hrs:2269
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:32 km (20 mls) SSW of Pueblo Memorial Airport, CO (PUB) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Santa Fe Airport, NM (SAF/KSAF), United States of America
Destination airport:Pueblo Memorial Airport, CO (PUB/KPUB), United States of America
Narrative:
The crew had been cleared to descend to and maintain 7500 feet and turn right heading 040deg. This was the last contact with the flight. It was later found to have flown into terrain in a level attitude with a speed of over 200 knots. The co-pilot's autopsy revealed that the trachaem bronchi and lungs contained aspirated gastric contents.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
altitude .. inattentive .. pilot in command
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
light condition .. dark night
diverted attention .. pilot in command
physical impairment .. copilot/second pilot

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Accident number: DEN83AA032
Download report: Summary report

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Santa Fe Airport, NM to Pueblo Memorial Airport, CO as the crow flies is 327 km (204 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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