ASN Aircraft accident Swearingen SA226-AT Merlin IVA EC-GFK Gerona-Costa Brava Airport (GRO)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Sunday 24 April 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-AT Merlin IVA
Registration: EC-GFK
MSN: AT-062
First flight: 1977
Total airframe hrs:16099
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-10UA-511G
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gerona-Costa Brava Airport (GRO) (   Spain)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Gerona-Costa Brava Airport (GRO/LEGE), Spain
Destination airport:Gerona-Costa Brava Airport (GRO/LEGE), Spain
A Swearingen SA226-AT Merlin IVA cargo plane, registered EC-GFK, suffered a landing accident at Gerona-Costa Brava Airport (GRO), Spain. The aircraft operated on a local training flight.
The flight took off from runway 20 and two landings were carried out, followed by two touch-and-goes. The aircraft then circled for a full stop landing. The undercarriage was not deployed and the aircraft landed gear-up.
After it came to rest, the left engine caught fire, but this was quickly subdued.

Probable Cause:

Causes/Contributing factors (translated from Spanish):
The cause of the accident was that the crew failed to actuate the lever used to deploy the landing gear.
Inadequate presentation, in the operator's operating manuals, of the flight tasks to be performed by each crew member and the timing of these tasks is identified as a contributing factor.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CIAIAC
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 192 days (6 months)
Accident number: A-013/2016
Download report: Final report

Gear-up landing
Runway mishap

METAR Weather report:
14:30 UTC / 16:30 local time:
METAR LEGE 241430Z 18010KT 150V210 9999 FEW020 BKN030 15/09 Q1011

15:00 UTC / 17:00 local time:
METAR LEGE 241500Z 18009KT 150V210 9999 FEW020 BKN040 15/09 Q1011
Wind 180 degrees at 9 knots, varying between 150 and 210 degrees; Visibility 10+ km; few clouds at 2000 feet, broken clouds at 4000 feet; Temperature 15°C; Dew point 9°C; QNH 1011 mb

Follow-up / safety actions

CIAIAC issued 3 Safety Recommendations

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Distance from Gerona-Costa Brava Airport to Gerona-Costa Brava Airport as the crow flies is 19877 km (12423 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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