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Date:Friday 6 May 2005
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III
Operator:Western Air
Registration: C6-REX
MSN: AC-649
First flight: 1986
Total airframe hrs:31217
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-11U-612G
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 21
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Nassau International Airport (NAS) (   Bahamas)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Nassau International Airport (NAS/MYNN), Bahamas
Destination airport:San Andros Airport (SAQ/MYAN), Bahamas
Flightnumber: 503
A Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III sustained substantial damage in a landing accident.
Western Air flight 503 departed Nassau, Bahamas on a passenger flight to San Andros, Bahamas. When the aircraft touched down at San Andros, the left main gear collapsed and the propeller struck the runway surface. The pilots were able to take off again and flew the aircraft back to Nassau Airport.
Upon landing the left main gear collapsed completely and the airplane came to rest on the runway with the left hand wingtip contacting the runway. There were no reported injuries to passengers or crew.

Probable Cause:

The Authorities determined the probable cause of this accident as:
Failure of the left main drag brace.
Additional Factor:
C6-REX was overweight at the time of this flight

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: DCA Bahamas
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 53 days (2 months)
Accident number: A0516317
Download report: Final report
Language: English


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Distance from Nassau International Airport to San Andros Airport as the crow flies is 58 km (36 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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