Accident Fairchild SA227-AC Metro III LV-VDJ, Thursday 5 November 2020
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Date:Thursday 5 November 2020
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Fairchild SA227-AC Metro III
Owner/operator:Dos Mil Aerosistema
Registration: LV-VDJ
MSN: AC-729
Year of manufacture:1989
Total airframe hrs:22561 hours
Cycles:23321 flights
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 13
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:Mendoza-El Plumerillo Airport, MD (MDZ) -   Argentina
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:San Juan Airport, SJ (UAQ/SANU)
Destination airport:Mendoza-El Plumerillo Airport, MD (MDZ/SAME)
Investigating agency: JST
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III, registration LV-VDJ, suffered a runway excursion after the right-hand main landing gear collapsed during landing on runway 18 at Mendoza-El Plumerillo Airport, Argentina.

Conclusions regarding factors related to the accident:
- During the landing phase, the right main landing gear collapsed and caused the aircraft to leave the runway on the right side.
- The collapse of the right main landing gear was caused by the fracture of both drag braces.
- According to the report issued by the intervening laboratory, no pre-existing cracks or progressive advancement mechanisms were found that influenced the weakening of the aforementioned parts.
- The fracture surfaces of both components showed ductile fracture characteristics, which suggest that these components were exposed to loads above the limits for which they were designed.
- The inner drag brace fractured in the first instance, which probably caused the outer drag brace to fail to withstand the stress and fracture accordingly.
- The aircraft's CVR had the magnetic tape locked, so it was not recording at the time of the event.


12:00 UTC / 09:00 local time:
SAME 051200Z 18011KT CAVOK 19/00 Q1021

13:00 UTC / 10:00 local time:
SAME 051300Z 16015KT CAVOK 20/M03 Q1021

14:00 UTC / 11:00 local time:
SAME 051400Z 16014KT CAVOK 21/M03 Q1020

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: JST
Report number: 75511048/20
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 11 months
Download report: Final report


History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

6 September 1989 N27283 Skywest Airlines 0 Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX) sub
26 January 2022 LV-VDJ Dos Mil Aerosistema 0 Morón Airport (SADM) min
7 June 2024 LV-VDJ Dos Mil Aerosistema 0 Río Gallegos International Airport, SC (RGL/SAWG) sub
Runway excursion


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