Descripción del Accidente ASN 05 NOV 2020 Fairchild SA227-AC Metro III LV-VDJ - Mendoza-El Plumerillo Airport, MD (MDZ)
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Estado:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Fecha:jueves 5 noviembre 2020
Hora:12:55 UTC
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild SA227-AC Metro III
Operador:Dos Mil Aerosistema SA
Registración: LV-VDJ
Numéro de série: AC-729
Año de Construcción: 1989
Horas Totales de la Célula:22561
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 2
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 11
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 13
Daños en la Aeronave: Considerable
Consecuencias: Repaired
Ubicación:Mendoza-El Plumerillo Airport, MD (MDZ) (   Argentina)
Fase: Aterrizaje (LDG)
Aeropuerto de Salida:San Juan Airport, SJ (UAQ/SANU), Argentina
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Mendoza-El Plumerillo Airport, MD (MDZ/SAME), Argentina
A Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III, registration LV-VDJ, suffered a runway excursion after the right-hand main landing gear collapsed during landing on runway 18 at Mendoza-El Plumerillo Airport, Argentina.

Probable Cause:

Conclusions regarding factors related to the accident:
- During the landing phase, the right main landing gear collapsed and caused the aircraft to leave the runway on the right side.
- The collapse of the right main landing gear was caused by the fracture of both drag braces.
- According to the report issued by the intervening laboratory, no pre-existing cracks or progressive advancement mechanisms were found that influenced the weakening of the aforementioned parts.
- The fracture surfaces of both components showed ductile fracture characteristics, which suggest that these components were exposed to loads above the limits for which they were designed.
- The inner drag brace fractured in the first instance, which probably caused the outer drag brace to fail to withstand the stress and fracture accordingly.
- The aircraft's CVR had the magnetic tape locked, so it was not recording at the time of the event.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: JST Argentina
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years
Accident number: 75511048/20
Download report: Final report


METAR Weather report:
12:00 UTC / 09:00 local time:
SAME 051200Z 18011KT CAVOK 19/00 Q1021

13:00 UTC / 10:00 local time:
SAME 051300Z 16015KT CAVOK 20/M03 Q1021

14:00 UTC / 11:00 local time:
SAME 051400Z 16014KT CAVOK 21/M03 Q1020


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Distance from San Juan Airport, SJ to Mendoza-El Plumerillo Airport, MD as the crow flies is 144 km (90 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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