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Accident description
Last updated: 18 August 2016
Date:Friday 3 May 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III
Operator:Penair - Peninsula Airways
Registration: N670PA
C/n / msn: AC-613B
First flight: 1985
Total airframe hrs:1776
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-11U-612G
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 13
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:St. George Island Airport, AK (STG) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Saint Paul Island Airport, AK (SNP/PASN), United States of America
Destination airport:St. George Island Airport, AK (STG/PAPB), United States of America
Flightnumber: 661
A Swearingen Metro III, operated by Penair, dragged a wing and landed hard while attempting to land on runway 11 at the St. George Airport, Alaska. The hard landing collapsed the right main landing gear and nose landing gear.
The flight departed St. Paul, Alaska, and the destination was St. George. A visual flight rules flight plan was in effect. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the St. George Airport. The two pilots and the eleven passengers were not injured. The airplane received substantial damage.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of the captain to maintain proper altitude and wingtip clearance, while aligning the airplane with the runway before landing. His delay in aligning the aircraft with the runway was a related factor."


» NTSB Id. ANC96LA066


photo of Swearingen SA.227AC Metro III N3119H
N3119H was re-registered N348AE in May 1990 and was sold to Penair in December 1993. Penair changed the registration to N670PA four months later.
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Saint Paul Island Airport, AK to St. George Island Airport, AK as the crow flies is 73 km (46 miles).

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.
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