Wirestrike Accident Fairchild SA227-AT Merlin IVC N561UP,
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Date:Wednesday 10 January 2018
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Fairchild SA227-AT Merlin IVC
Registration: N561UP
MSN: AT-561
Year of manufacture:1983
Total airframe hrs:23398 hours
Engine model:Garrett TPE331
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:Rock Springs-Sweetwater County Airport, WY (RKS) -   United States of America
Phase: Taxi
Departure airport:Salt Lake City International Airport, UT (SLC/KSLC)
Destination airport:Rock Springs-Sweetwater County Airport, WY (RKS/KRKS)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The pilot reported that, while taxing with a tailwind, he realized the airplane was moving too fast and applied brakes and reverse thrust of the engines. He added that he attempted to turn but was unable, and a strong crosswind "forced" the airplane to the left and off of the airport parking ramp. Subsequently, the airplane struck a lamp post and came to rest.
The airplane sustained substantial damage to the left wing.
The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.
The automated weather observation system located at the accident airport reported, that about the time of the accident, the wind was from 280° at 21 knots, gusting to 27 knots.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's failure to maintain directional control while taxiing in gusting tailwind conditions."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: GAA18CA098
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report





photo (c) NTSB; Rock Springs-Sweetwater County Airport, WY (RKS/KRKS); 10 January 2018; (publicdomain)

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