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Last updated: 22 March 2019
Date:Friday 12 April 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III
Registration: EC-GKR
C/n / msn: AC-620
First flight: 1985
Total airframe hrs:29726
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-11U-611G
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI) (   Spain)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD/LEMD), Spain
Destination airport:Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI/LEPA), Spain
Flightnumber: 306
Tadair flight 306 departed Madrid at 03:38 on a cargo flight to Palma de Mallorca. The flight was uneventful and the crew were cleared to land on runway 24L. The aircraft crashed near the runway threshold, slid to the right, colliding with the PAPI light support structure.

Probable Cause:

CAUSES: (translated from Spanish report): "The accident is considered to have occurred as a result of the aircraft performing a very close turn maneuver performed at night, at low altitude and descending in a non-standard approach, not in accordance with normal procedures and company procedures.
The crew could not control the descending aircraft due to a possible start of loss of lift, slip on the turn, or both."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 4 years
Accident number: A-015/2002
Download report: Final report

Loss of control



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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 Madrid-Barajas Airport to Palma de Mallorca Airport as the crow flies is 543 km (339 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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