Accident Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II N731AC,
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Date:Thursday 9 November 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
Owner/operator:Superior Aviation
Registration: N731AC
MSN: TC-255
Year of manufacture:1978
Total airframe hrs:20885 hours
Engine model:Garrett TPE331-10UE-511G
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Fort Wayne Municipal Airport/Baer Field, IN (FWA) -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Fort Wayne Municipal Airport/Baer Field, IN (FWA/KFWA)
Destination airport:Milwaukee-General Mitchell Airport, WI (MKE/KMKE)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The aircraft struck trees, crashed and caught fire after takeoff from Fort Wayne runway 14. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The indicated failure of the right hand AC bus during takeoff with low ceiling. The factors were the low ceiling, night, and the execssive workload the pilot experienced on takeoff with an electrical failure without a second in command."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: CHI01FA032
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 5 months
Download report: Final report


NTSB id CHI01FA032



photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Baltimore/Washington International Airport, MD (BWI); May 1982

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