Accident Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II N235BA, Friday 19 May 2000
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Date:Friday 19 May 2000
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
Owner/operator:Superior Aviation
Registration: N235BA
MSN: TC-235
Year of manufacture:1977
Total airframe hrs:26778 hours
Engine model:Garrett TPE331-IOUA
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:Denver International Airport, CO (DEN) -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Denver International Airport, CO (DEN/KDEN)
Destination airport:Montrose Regional Airport, CO (MTJ/KMTJ)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The Swearingen SA226TC, N235BA, aborted takeoff at Denver International Airport, Colorado, USA, when the number two engine shed a propeller blade. The aircraft sustained substantial damage and the pilot and sole occupant received minor injuries.
The flight was cleared for takeoff on runway 35L. The pilot said he advanced the speed levers to high and brought the power levers to 800 foot-pounds of torque. As he was about to release the brakes to begin takeoff roll he felt an impact and noise like something hit the aircraft on the right side. He looked over at the right engine and observed it to be in a "severe state of vibration". He secured the right engine, declared an emergency to the tower, and then secured the left engine. Following "spool down" the pilot exited the aircraft and observed that the right engine had shed a propeller blade about 10 inches outboard from the hub.

Propeller blade fatigue failure due to stress corrosion.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: DEN00FA092
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

20 February 2006 N235BA Superior Aviation, Inc. 0 Casper, WY min
13 April 2015 C-GSKC Carson Air 2 11 km N of North Vancouver, BC w/o

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