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Last updated: 30 November 2021
Date:Friday 17 May 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
Registration: N229AM
MSN: TC-305
First flight: 1979
Total airframe hrs:27839
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-10UA
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Fargo-Hector Field, ND (FAR) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MN (MSP/KMSP), United States of America
Destination airport:Fargo-Hector Field, ND (FAR/KFAR), United States of America
Flightnumber: 421
The Metro II landed with the nose gear still in the retracted position.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flight crew did not comply with the gear down and lock checklist. The factors were a jammed nose gear and inattentive preflight planning/preparations by the pilot-in-command."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Accident number: CHI96LA162
Download report: Summary report




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 Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, MN to Fargo-Hector Field, ND as the crow flies is 356 km (223 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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