ASN Aircraft accident Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II N508SS Hot Springs-Memorial Field, AR (HOT)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 23 March 1985
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
Operator:Scheduled Skyways
Registration: N508SS
MSN: TC-376
First flight: 1980
Total airframe hrs:10717
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Hot Springs-Memorial Field, AR (HOT) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Little Rock National Airport, AR (LIT/KLIT), United States of America
Destination airport:Hot Springs-Memorial Field, AR (HOT/KHOT), United States of America
The first officer was making the landing and the aircraft bounced during touchdown. The captain's right hand, which had been near the floor to the right of his seat, bumped the landing gear selector to the up position as the captain reached for the yoke. The aircraft then landed with the gear retracted. Although the landing gear selector handle latch mechanism operated as designed, tests showed the mechanism offered little resistance to inadvertent movement to the up position.

Probable Cause:

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows:
gear retraction..inadvertent..pilot in command

Contributing Factors:
landing gear,gear switch..inadequate
acft/equip,inadequate design..production/design personnel

Bounced on landing
Runway mishap


Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 2 Safety Recommendations

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Little Rock National Airport, AR to Hot Springs-Memorial Field, AR as the crow flies is 84 km (52 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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