ASN Aircraft accident Fairchild SA227-AC Metro III N438MA Opa-locka Airport, FL (OPF)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Monday 11 October 1999
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild SA227-AC Metro III
Operator:Merlin Express
Registration: N438MA
MSN: AC-721
First flight: 1988
Total airframe hrs:17968
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Opa-locka Airport, FL (OPF) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Destination airport:Opa-locka Airport, FL (OPF/KOPF), United States of America
Engine power went into ground idle shortly after flight idle was selected on approach. The airplane bounced then after touchdown, the captain brought both power levers to ground idle and the airplane veered to the right.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The improper flare by the co-pilot, and the failure of the captain to take remedial action by applying power to arrest the observed high rate of descent resulting in a hard landing. A finding in the accident was the inadequate maintenance adjustment of the right engine controls which diminished directional control capability while on the runway following the hard landing."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Accident number: MIA00LA004
Download report: Summary report


Heavy landing
Runway excursion

» Werner Fischdick


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Distance from Miami International Airport, FL to Opa-locka Airport, FL as the crow flies is 13 km (8 miles).

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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