Accident Fairchild SA227-AC Metro III N765FA,
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Date:Monday 5 December 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Fairchild SA227-AC Metro III
Owner/operator:Key Lime Air
Registration: N765FA
MSN: AC-765
Year of manufacture:1990
Total airframe hrs:23296 hours
Engine model:Garrett TPE331-11U-611G
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:5,5 km ESE of Camilla, GA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Panama City-Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, FL (ECP/KECP)
Destination airport:Albany-Southwest Georgia Regional Airport, GA (ABY/KABY)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Swearingen Metro cargo plane, operating Key Lime Air flight LYM308, was destroyed during a descent and subsequent inflight breakup near Camilla, Georgia, USA. The pilot, the sole occupant, was killed.
The aircraft departed Panama City, Florida at 20:54 CST (02:54 UTC Dec. 6) on a flight to Albany Airport, Georgia.
En route the air traffic controller advised the pilot of moderate to extreme precipitation along his planned route of flight and suggested a route of flight that would have had the pilot fly to the northeast for 70 nautical miles to avoid the most severe
weather. The pilot responded that he did have enough fuel for such a diversion, but concluded that he would "see what the radar is painting" after the descent to 3,000 mean sea level (msl). Shortly thereafter, the pilot advised the controller that he intended to divert the flight to Tallahassee International Airport (TLH), Florida. The airplane then descended from 7,000 feet msl to 3,700 feet msl before radar and radio contact was lost.

The wreckage was scattered over a large area that included a cotton field and dense forest. The debris field was about 2,640 feet in length and 1,500 feet in width.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot's decision to initiate and continue the flight into known adverse weather conditions, which resulted spatial disorientation, a loss of airplane control, and a subsequent in-flight breakup"


22:01 UTC / 03:01 local time:
KABY 060301Z AUTO 06006KT 1SM +RA BR FEW005 OVC019 16/16 A2984 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT SW AND W P0017 T01560156

22:16 UTC / 03:16 local time:
KABY 060316Z AUTO 08015KT 3SM -RA BR BKN023 BKN120 16/16 A2981 RMK AO2 PRESFR P0024 T01610161

22:21 UTC / 03:21 local time:
KABY 060321Z AUTO 09013KT 8SM VCTS -RA SCT026 BKN120 16/16 A2981 RMK AO2 P0024 T01610161

22:41 UTC / 03:41 local time:
KABY 060341Z AUTO 13012KT 10SM -RA FEW005 FEW047 BKN110 17/17 A2982 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT E P0025 T01720172

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ERA17FA066
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 11 months
Download report: Final report





photo (c) NTSB; near Camilla, GA; 05 December 2016; (publicdomain)

photo (c) NTSB; near Camilla, GA; 05 December 2016; (publicdomain)

photo (c) NTSB; near Camilla, GA; 05 December 2016; (publicdomain)

photo (c) NTSB; near Camilla, GA; 05 December 2016; (publicdomain)

photo (c) Flightaware / Google; near Pelham, GA; 05 December 2016

photo (c) NTSB; near Camilla, GA; 05 December 2016; (publicdomain)

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