Accident Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III N482SA, Wednesday 27 July 1988
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Date:Wednesday 27 July 1988
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III
Owner/operator:PenAir - Peninsula Airways
Registration: N482SA
MSN: AC-482
Year of manufacture:1982
Total airframe hrs:10546 hours
Engine model:GARRETT TPE-331-1146
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC) -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC)
Destination airport:Dillingham Municipal Airport, AK (DLG/PADL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
During the taxi to the runway, the flight crew noted a vibration in the airplane and stopped to check the tires, thinking that they were under inflated. No obvious problem was seen, and they elected to takeoff. Shortly after takeoff, a fire erupted in the left main gear wheel well. The pilot returned to the airport and landed safely. However, the airplane sustained extensive damage to the left wing and aileron control system. Examination of the brakes revealed a cocked thermal insulator in the piston bore. There was evidence that the brakes were worn, had been dragging, then overheated; and that the tires had exploded prior to the fire. The fire damage indicated that the fire had started near the brakes. An aluminum fitting was used as part of the hydraulic brake system on the steel brake housing. The examination indicated that the fitting had been installed but could not be found after the fire. The crew said that they delayed lowering the gear, in contradiction to the checklist requirement when the wheel well and wing overheat light is on.

landing gear,normal brake system..binding(mechanical)
landing gear,normal brake system..overtemperature
hydraulic system,fitting..melted
acft/equip,inadequate aircraft component..manufacturer
proper assistance..not obtained..pilot in command

emergency procedure..not followed..pilot in command

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ANC88FA100
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year 1 month
Download report: Final report



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