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Last updated: 12 May 2021
Datum:Dienstag 27 November 2001
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
Kennzeichen: LV-WSD
Werknummer: TC-237E
Baujahr: 1977
Triebwerk: 2 Garrett TPE331-3UW-304G
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 1
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Bahía Blanca-Comandante Espora Airport, BA (BHI) (   Argentinien)
Flugphase: Landung (LDG)
Flug von:Buenos Aires/Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport, BA (EZE/SAEZ), Argentinien
Flug nach:Bahía Blanca-Comandante Espora Airport, BA (BHI/SAZB), Argentinien
A Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II sustained substantial damage in a runway excursion accident at Bahía Blanca-Comandante Espora Airport, BA (BHI), Argentina. The three occupants were not injured.
The non-scheduled cargo flight had departed Buenos Aires/Ezeiza Airport (EZE). The flight landing at Bahia Blanca, on runway 34R without problems. During the landing roll and after having traveled a distance of 1,200 m from the threshold, the aircraft drifted gently to the right, leaving the runway and entering the security zone. From there it continued about 150 m, impacting against a slope at a distance of approximately 35 meters from the runway edge.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE (translated from original Spanish language report):
During a non-scheduled commercial cargo flight in the landing phase after the touch down, ran off the edge of the runway and impacted uneven ground, causing the rupture of the bottom front of fusealaje, the nose gear and propellers due to:
1) Possible failure or malfunction of the left engine reverse system, unverified.
2) Crosswind close to the maximums specified in the flight manual.
3) Failure to execute corrective actions after failing to appropriately identify a possible failure.
4) Failure to enable the nose wheel guidance in critical conditions of operation.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: JIAAC Argentina
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 216 days (7 months)
Accident number: -
Download report: Final report


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Distance from Buenos Aires/Ezeiza-Ministro Pistarini Airport, BA to Bahía Blanca-Comandante Espora Airport, BA as the crow flies is 540 km (337 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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