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Last updated: 27 October 2021
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mercredi 9 avril 2008
Heure:23:27
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III
Compagnie:Airtex Aviation
Immatriculation: VH-OZA
Numéro de série: AC-600
Année de Fabrication: 1984
Heures de vol:32339
Cycles:46710
Moteurs: 2 Garrett TPE331-11U-611G
Equipage:victimes: 1 / à bord: 1
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 1 / à bord: 1
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:19 km (11.9 milles) SE de Sydney-Kingsford Smith International Airport, NSW (SYD) (   Australie)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Aéroport de départ:Sydney-Kingsford Smith International Airport, NSW (SYD/YSSY), Australie
Aéroport de destination:Brisbane International Airport, QLD (BNE/YBBN), Australie
Détails:
Metro III VH-OZA was cleared for takeoff from runway 16R at the Sydney-Kingsford Smith Airport, NSW (SYD). It became airborne at 23:23 and shortly afterwards the pilot had been instructed to transfer to the departures controller’s radio frequency.
On first radio contact with that controller, the pilot was advised that the aircraft was identified on radar. At 23:25:30, the controller instructed the pilot to turn left onto a heading of 090 degrees, which was acknowledged. Instead of the expected left turn, the radar returns indicated that the aircraft was turning right, towards the south-west. At 23:25:54, the controller confirmed with the pilot that he was to turn left and at 23:25:59 the pilot once again acknowledged the left turn and added "I’ve got a slight technical fault here".
No further transmissions were received from the pilot. The radar returns over the next 70 seconds showed the aircraft completed a left turn followed by a right turn before disappearing from radar. The Metro crashed into the sea.
On 12 May 2008, a significant wreckage field was identified. That wreckage was spread over an area approximately 1,200 m long and 400 m wide.

Probable Cause:

CONTRIBUTING SAFETY FACTORS:
- It was very likely that the aircraft’s alternating current electrical power system was not energised at any time during the flight.
- It was very likely that the aircraft became airborne without a functioning primary attitude reference or autopilot that, combined with the added workload of managing the ‘slight technical fault’, led to pilot spatial disorientation and subsequent loss of control.

OTHER SAFETY FACTORS:
- The pilot’s Metro III endorsement training was not conducted in accordance with the operator’s approved training and checking manual, with the result that the pilot’s competence and ultimately, safety of the operation could not be assured. [Significant safety issue]
- The chief pilot was performing the duties and responsibilities of several key positions in the operator’s organisational structure, increasing the risk of omissions in the operator’s training and checking requirements.
- The conduct of the flight single-pilot increased the risk of errors of omission, such as not turning on or noticing the failure of aircraft items and systems, or complying with directions.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: ATSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 3 years and 1 months
Accident number: AO-2008-026
Download report: Final report

Sources:
» ATSB AO-2008-026


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accident date: 09-04-2008
type: Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III
registration: VH-IAW
 

Plan
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 Sydney-Kingsford Smith International Airport, NSW et Brisbane International Airport, QLD est de 751 km (469 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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