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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 17 August 1993
Time:02:25
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
Operator:Aviation Services
Registration: N220KC
C/n / msn: TC-231
First flight: 1977
Total airframe hrs:16710
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-3U
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:Hartford-Brainard Airport, CT (HFD) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 5 m (16 feet) amsl
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Farmingdale-Republic Field, NY (FRG/KFRG), United States of America
Destination airport:Hartford-Brainard Airport, CT (HFD/KHFD), United States of America
Narrative:
While approaching runway 02, the crew forgot to lower the landing gear. The circuit breaker for the gear warning horn had been pulled at some previous flights by other crew to prevent it from sounding during a high speed descent.
Propeller blades contacted the runway at a speed of 96 knots. When the crew tried to perform a go-around, the speed had dropped 10 knots. The aircraft cleared a stone wall, crashed into the water and sank into Connecticut River.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of the co-pilot (second-in-command) to follow the checklist, assure the gear was extended for landing and attain or maintain adequate airspeed (VMC); and failure of the pilot-in-command (PIC) to properly supervise the flight and take sufficient remedial action."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 1 months
Accident number: NYC93FA159
Download report: Summary report

Sources:
» ICAO Adrep Summary 1/95
» NTSB


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Distance from Farmingdale-Republic Field, NY to Hartford-Brainard Airport, CT as the crow flies is 128 km (80 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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