ASN Aircraft accident Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II EC-JYC Murcia-San Javier Airport (MJV)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Tuesday 13 November 2012
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
Operator:Zorex Air Transport
Registration: EC-JYC
MSN: TC-303
First flight: 1979
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-10UA-511G
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Murcia-San Javier Airport (MJV) (   Spain)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Murcia-San Javier Airport (MJV/LELC), Spain
Destination airport:Huesca-Pirineos Airport (HSK/LEHC), Spain
The Metro II turboprop plane had conducted a flight to transport a patient from Pamplona Airport to Murcia Airport (MJV), Spain. At 12:05, approximately one hour after landing in Murcia, it was preparing to take off on a ferry flight to Huesca Airport (HSK). The first officer was pilot flying (PF).
During the takeoff run on runway 05R, the aircraft veered left and departed the runway. During its run, it crossed the first access taxiway on the left and came to a stop very close to the intersection of said taxiway and the runway.
The crewmembers were uninjured and exited the airplane under their own power. The airplane suffered significant damage.

Probable Cause:

The cause of the fault in the nose wheel steering system could not be determined, as it was impossible to reproduce it in the tests conducted after the accident. All of the system's components were found to be in good condition.
It is possible, however, that the lack of protection for the wires, beyond that provided by the insulation, along with the adverse moisture conditions and a possible contaminated runway, could have caused an instantaneous failure of some component in the electrical system resulting in an improper contact that was corrected during the runway departure when the wheel struck the edge of the access taxiway, returning the wheel to return to its normal position.
The use of asymmetric reverse thrust by the captain was critical to controlling the extent and distance of the departure.

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: CIAIAC Spain
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 years
Accident number: A-042/2012
Download report: Final report

Runway excursion (veer-off)

Follow-up / safety actions

CIAIAC issued 2 Safety Recommendations

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Distance from Murcia-San Javier Airport to Huesca-Pirineos Airport as the crow flies is 477 km (298 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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