Accident Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II N505LB, Thursday 23 April 1987
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Date:Thursday 23 April 1987
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
Owner/operator:Air-Lift Commuter
Registration: N505LB
MSN: TC-202
Year of manufacture:1972
Total airframe hrs:7667 hours
Engine model:Garrett TPE331-3UW
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Wilmington-New Hanover County Airport, NC (ILM) -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Wilmington-New Hanover County Airport, NC (ILM/KILM)
Destination airport:Lumberton Airport, NC (LBT/KLBT)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
An uncontained no. 2 engine failure occurred on takeoff from runway 16. The Metro crossed the end of the runway at 150 feet with the engine on fire and crashed into trees in a nose-high attitude. The pre-1979 3rd stage stator assembly in the right engine did not have the latest manufacture welding process/inspection and failed causing the uncontained turbine failure.

"In-flight planning/decision .. poor .. pilot in command
Emergency procedure .. not followed .. pilot in command
All available runway .. not used .. pilot in command
Object .. tree(s)
Turbine assembly,nozzle retention .. inadequate
Aircraft/equipment,inadequate design .. manufacturer
Pressure induced by others .. pilot in command
Turbine assembly,turbine wheel .. burst
Electrical system .. undetermined"

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ATL87FA123
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Download report: Final report


Aviation Letter 247
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