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Last updated: 15 October 2019
Datum:Freitag 3 Mai 1996
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III
Fluggesellschaft:Penair - Peninsula Airways
Kennzeichen: N670PA
Werknummer: AC-613B
Baujahr: 1985
Triebwerk: 2 Garrett TPE331-11U-612G
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 11
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 13
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:St. George Island Airport, AK (STG) (   USA)
Flugphase: Landung (LDG)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Saint Paul Island Airport, AK (SNP/PASN), USA
Flug nach:St. George Island Airport, AK (STG/PAPB), USA
Flugnummer: 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

» 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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