Vliegtuigongeval op 29 SEP 2002 met Fairchild SA227-AC Metro III N343AE - Hawthorne Airport, CA (HHR)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Datum:zondag 29 september 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild SA227-AC Metro III
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Skylink Charter
Registratie: N343AE
Constructienummer: AC-554
Bouwjaar: 1983
Aantal vlieguren:30660
Aantal vluchten:44949
Motoren: 2 Garrett TPE331-11U-611G
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 2
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 19
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 21
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Hawthorne Airport, CA (HHR) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Start (TOF)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse charter
Vliegveld van vertrek:Hawthorne Airport, CA (HHR/KHHR), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Grand Canyon-National Park Airport, AZ (GCN/KGCN), Verenigde Staten
When the airplane had accelerated between 40 and 60 knots, the pilot released the nose wheel steering button. At this time the pilot observed that the airplane was veering left of the runway's centerline. He rejected the takeoff by retarding the power levers into ground idle position and applied brakes. The Metro continued veering left, so he applied full right rudder and full reverse on the right engine in an attempt at regaining directional control. The plane veered off the side of the runway, traversed a dirt field, an active taxiway, and a vehicle service road. The airplane came to rest about 192 feet south of the runway's left edge. The forward half of the airplane's fuselage was imbedded in an airport T-hangar, damaging three light aircraft and a car.
The aircraft sustained substantial damage and was probably damaged beyond repair.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot-in-command's failure to maintain directional control during the rejected takeoff. The loss of directional control was caused by the crew's failure to follow prescribed pretakeoff and takeoff checklist procedures to ensure the both propellers were out of the start locks. Contributing factors were the failure of the crew to follow normal company procedures during takeoff, the failure of the flightcrew to recognize an abnormal propeller condition during takeoff, and a lack of crew coordination in performing a rejected takeoff."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years
Accident number: LAX02FA300
Download report: Summary report



photo of Swearingen-SA227-AC-Metro-II-N343AE
accident date: 29-09-2002
type: Swearingen SA227-AC Metro II
registration: N343AE
photo of Swearingen-SA227-AC-Metro-II-N3112K
accident date: 29-09-2002
type: Swearingen SA227-AC Metro II
registration: N3112K

Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Hawthorne Airport, CA en Grand Canyon-National Park Airport, AZ bedraagt 603 km (377 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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