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Last updated: 2 December 2021
Status:Definitief
Datum:zaterdag 16 september 1995
Tijd:20:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Grand Aire Express
Registratie: N169GA
Constructienummer: TC-376
Bouwjaar:
Aantal vlieguren:23275
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 2
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 2
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:South Bend Regional, IN (SBN) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Start (TOF)
Soort vlucht:Ferry
Vliegveld van vertrek:South Bend Regional, IN (SBN/KSBN), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Panama City-Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, FL (ECP/KECP), Verenigde Staten
Beschrijving:
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

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Kaart
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 South Bend Regional, IN en Panama City-Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport, FL bedraagt 1256 km (785 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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