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Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Sunday 20 December 2009
Time:ca 12:00
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-JER
MSN: AC-588B
First flight: 1984
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-11U-611G
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 21
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cap Haitien Airport (CAP) (   Haiti)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS/MYNN), Bahamas
Destination airport:Cap Haitien Airport (CAP/MTCH), Haiti
A Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III, registered C6-JER, landed at Cap Haitien Airport (CAP), Haiti, with its landing gear retracted.
The pilot reported on two occasions whilst the aircraft was configured with flaps and gear extended, upon reduction in power preparing to land, the aircraft had a very high nose up attitude. The pilot further stated that after two go arounds, the decision was made to land the aircraft with its landing gear retracted.
The aircraft landed on runway 05. According to the pilot, the crew and all 19 passengers onboard suffered no injuries.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: DCA Bahamas
Status: Investigation ongoing
Accident number: A10-00002
Download report: Preliminary report
Language: English

» Air Accident Investigation and Prevention Unit (AAIPU-Bahamas)


photo of Swearingen-SA227-AC-Metro-III-N892MA
accident date: 20-12-2009
type: Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III
registration: N892MA

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Nassau-Lynden Pindling International Airport to Cap Haitien Airport as the crow flies is 796 km (498 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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