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Last updated: 27 November 2021
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:samedi 16 septembre 1995
Heure:20:20
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
Compagnie:Grand Aire Express
Immatriculation: N169GA
Numéro de série: TC-376
Année de Fabrication:
Heures de vol:23275
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 2
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 2
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:South Bend Regional, IN (SBN) (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: Au décollage (TOF)
Nature:Convoyage
Aéroport de départ:South Bend Regional, IN (SBN/KSBN), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Panama City-Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, FL (ECP/KECP), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Détails:
The Swearingen Metro II, N169GA, received substantial damage after takeoff when it struck trees off the departure end of runway 27L at South Bend-Michiana Regional Airport, Indiana. The two crew members reported no injuries. The positioning flight was operating in visual meteorological conditions. An IFR flight plan was filed.
During the repositioning flight, the pilot in command briefed they would be conducting training with the newly designated captain (co-pilot) on departure. At approximately 300 feet above ground level, the pilot in command retarded the right engine power lever to simulate an engine failure. The co-pilot commenced the emergency procedures as prescribed in the aircraft flight manual. The airplane began losing altitude and airspeed near single engine best angle of climb airspeed (Vxse). The pilot in command said that he became fixated on airspeed and did not notice anything else. The pilot in command terminated the training at the same time the airplane struck the trees near the departure end of the runway. The airplane landed back at South Bend Airport without any handling problems.
Post flight inspection revealed extensive damage to both wing leading edges, wing ribs, engine inlets, engines, and to both propellers. Tree pieces were found in the oil cooler, and the compressor inlet.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Pilot-in-Command's inadequate supervision of the flight and failure to assure that proper airspeed, rate of climb, and clearance from trees were obtained/maintained."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 215 days (7 months)
Accident number: CHI95LA341
Download report: Summary report

Sources:
» NTSB


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre South Bend Regional, IN et Panama City-Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, FL est de 1256 km (785 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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