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Last updated: 17 October 2021
Date:Saturday 15 November 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
Operator:Kaikén Líneas Aéreas
Registration: LV-WDU
MSN: TC-310
First flight: 1979
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Minor
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Río Grande Airport, TF (RGA) (   Argentina)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Río Gallegos Internacional Airport, SC (RGL/SAWG), Argentina
Destination airport:Río Grande Airport, TF (RGA/SAWE), Argentina
Flightnumber: 721
The Metro III passenger plane touched down 800 m down the runway in night time VMC conditions. The copilot had difficulty maintaining direction and the captain assumed control. Nearing the end of the runway, the airplane was steered to the right with brakes and reverse being applied. The airplane ran onto the ground and the left hand prop struck a runway marker.

Probable Cause:

Durante un aterrizaje nocturno, despiste de la aeronave con impacto en una baliza por efectuar una aproximación demasiado alta, originando el toque a 800 m. de la cabecera y mucha velocidad que no pudo ser neutralizada por el piloto y "ganada" por viento cruzado mal corregido.

Collision with airport equipment
Runway excursion


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Distance from Río Gallegos Internacional Airport, SC to Río Grande Airport, TF as the crow flies is 263 km (164 miles).

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