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Last updated: 26 October 2021
Date:Tuesday 13 May 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
Operator:Skywest Airlines (Australia)
Registration: VH-SWO
MSN: TC-275
First flight: 1978
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Esperance Airport, WA (EPR) (   Australia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Esperance Airport, WA (EPR/YESP), Australia
On finals (at 600 feet) the right engine failed. Although he added some power on the remaining engine, the pilot couldn't control the yaw to the right. The gear collapsed during the forced landing in a field. A fire consumed the aircraft.
PROBABLE CAUSE: Broken gear in the fuel control drive. Operator's standard procedures for lowering full flaps early in the approach didn't allow for an engine failure after flap extension.


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