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Status:Final
Date:Friday 25 August 2000
Time:03:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA-226TC Metro II
Operator:Hawk Air, S.A.
Registration: LV-WXW
MSN: TC-419
First flight: 1981
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-3UW-303G
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Rosario-Islas Malvinas International Airport, SF (ROS) (   Argentina)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Buenos Aires-Jorge Newbery Airport, BA (AEP/SABE), Argentina
Destination airport:Rosario-Islas Malvinas International Airport, SF (ROS/SAAR), Argentina
Narrative:
The aircraft operated a mail transport flight between Buenos Aires and Rosario Airport, Argentina. It took off at 02:10 local time on an IFR flight plan.
Arriving near Rosario, the flight crew positioned the aircraft for an instrument approach to runway 19. After touchdown the pilot lowered the nose, which then contacted the runway. The aircraft slid 700 m before coming to a stop.
It appeared the main gear was down and locked, but the nose gear had not deployed and the nose gear doors were closed.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE:
On a mail transport flight, landing with the nose landing gear leg retracted due to a hydraulic system failure and pilot error in not noticing the gear position and not performing the emergency extension procedure.
Contributing factors:
- Night and instrument weather flight.
- Landing gear alarm out of service.

Classification:
Hydraulic system problem
Gear-up landing
Runway mishap

Sources:
» JIAAC Boletin Informativo de Accidentes de Aviacion Civil Nº 31


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Distance from Buenos Aires-Jorge Newbery Airport, BA to Rosario-Islas Malvinas International Airport, SF as the crow flies is 285 km (178 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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