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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Date:Thursday 9 November 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
Operator:Superior Aviation
Registration: N731AC
C/n / msn: TC-255
First flight: 1978
Total airframe hrs:20885
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-10UE-511G
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Fort Wayne Municipal Airport/Baer Field, IN (FWA) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 248 m (814 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Fort Wayne Municipal Airport/Baer Field, IN (FWA/KFWA), United States of America
Destination airport:Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI (MKE/KMKE), United States of America
The aircraft struck trees, crashed and caught fire after takeoff from Fort Wayne runway 14. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The indicated failure of the right hand AC bus during takeoff with low ceiling. The factors were the low ceiling, night, and the execssive workload the pilot experienced on takeoff with an electrical failure without a second in command."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 5 months
Accident number: CHI01FA032
Download report: Summary report


Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

» NTSB id CHI01FA032


photo of Swearingen SA.226TC Metro II N255AV
N255AV was sold to AVAir in May 1985, moved to Air Midwest as N265AM until being re-registered N731AC in August 1992
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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 Fort Wayne Municipal Airport/Baer Field, IN to Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI as the crow flies is 311 km (194 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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