Accident description
Last updated: 28 November 2014
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 23 April 1987
Time:19:35
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
Operator:Air-Lift Commuter
Registration: N505LB
C/n / msn: TC-202
First flight: 1972
Total airframe hrs:7667
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-3UW
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:Wilmington-New Hanover County Airport, NC (ILM) (   United States of America) show on map
Crash site elevation: 10 m (33 feet) amsl
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Wilmington-New Hanover County Airport, NC (ILM/KILM), United States of America
Destination airport:Lumberton Airport, NC (LBT), United States of America
Narrative:
An uncontained no. 2 engine failure occurred on take-off from runway 16. The Metro crossed the end of the runway at 150 feet with the engine on fire and crashed into trees in a nose-high attitude. The pre-1979 3rd stage stator assembly in the right engine did not have the latest manufacture welding process/inspection and failed causing the uncontained turbine failure.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
"In-flight planning/decision .. poor .. pilot in command
Emergency procedure .. not followed .. pilot in command
All available runway .. not used .. pilot in command
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
Object .. tree(s)
Turbine assembly,nozzle retention .. inadequate
Aircraft/equipment,inadequate design .. manufacturer
Pressure induced by others .. pilot in command
Turbine assembly,turbine wheel .. burst
Electrical system .. undetermined"

Sources:
» Aviation Letter 247
» ICAO Adrep Summary 5/89 (#189)
» NTSB


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Distance from Wilmington-New Hanover County Airport, NC to Lumberton Airport, NC as the crow flies is 112 km (70 miles).

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