ASN Aircraft accident Fairchild SA227-AC Metro III N670PA St. George Island Airport, AK (STG)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Friday 3 May 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild SA227-AC Metro III
Operator:PenAir - Peninsula Airways
Registration: N670PA
MSN: AC-613B
First flight: 1985
Total airframe hrs:1776
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-11U-612G
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:St. George Island Airport, AK (STG) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Saint Paul Island Airport, AK (SNP/PASN), United States of America
Destination airport:St. George Island Airport, AK (STG/PAPB), United States of America
Flightnumber: 661
A Swearingen Metro III, operated by PenAir, dragged a wing and landed hard while attempting to land on runway 11 at the St. George Airport, Alaska. The hard landing collapsed the right main landing gear and nose landing gear.
The flight departed St. Paul, Alaska, and the destination was St. George. A visual flight rules flight plan was in effect. Instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the St. George Airport. The two pilots and the eleven passengers were not injured. The airplane received substantial damage.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of the captain to maintain proper altitude and wingtip clearance, while aligning the airplane with the runway before landing. His delay in aligning the aircraft with the runway was a related factor."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 250 days (8 months)
Accident number: ANC96LA066
Download report: Summary report

Heavy landing
Runway mishap

» NTSB Id. ANC96LA066


photo of Swearingen-SA227-AC-Metro-III-N3119H
accident date: 03-05-1996
type: Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III
registration: N3119H

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 Saint Paul Island Airport, AK to St. George Island Airport, AK as the crow flies is 73 km (46 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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