ASN Aircraft accident Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II EC-HCU Reus Airport (REU)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 31 January 2004
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
Operator:Medit Air Vuelos Mediterraneo
Registration: EC-HCU
MSN: TC-390
First flight: 1981
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-10UA-511G
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Reus Airport (REU) (   Spain)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Reus Airport (REU/LERS), Spain
Destination airport:Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN/LEBL), Spain
The Swearingen Metro was to be repositioned to Barcelona for some remaining maintenance work. During takeoff from runway 07, while accelerating through 80 knots, the nosegear collapsed. The aircraft sustained serious damage to the propellers, engines and fuselage.

Probable Cause:

CAUSA MÁS PROBABLE: "El tren se plegó por estar la palanca en posición de tren arriba. La palanca se encontraba en esa posición bien por la no realización de forma completa de las listas de comprobación por parte de la tripulación, caso de que la aeronave les fuera entregada con la palanca de tren en posición de tren recogido,o la actuación inadvertida sobre la palanca de tren en algen momento comprendido entre la ultima comprobación por parte de la tripulación y el instante del accidente."

» CIAIAC Informe Técnico A-004/2004


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Distance from Reus Airport to Barcelona-El Prat Airport as the crow flies is 77 km (48 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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