Incident Saab 340 N347AM, Monday 24 October 1988
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Date:Monday 24 October 1988
Time:08:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic SF34 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Saab 340
Owner/operator:Air Midwest USA
Registration: N347AM
MSN: 340A-039
Total airframe hrs:6012 hours
Engine model:GE CT7-5A2
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor
Category:Incident
Location:Springfield, MO -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:St. Louis Lambert International Airport, MO (KSTL)
Destination airport:Drake Field, AR (KFYV)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
THE A.C. GENERATOR MOUNTED ON THE LEFT ENGINE FAILED AND RESULTED IN AN IN-FLIGHT FIRE. THE CAPTAIN ELECTED TO SHUT DOWN THE LEFT ENGINE AND DIVERT THE FLIGHT TO THE SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI REGIONAL AIRPORT. A SINGLE ENGINE PRECAUTIONARY LANDING WAS COMPLETED WITHOUT INCIDENT. THE AIRCRAFT SUSTAINED MINOR DAMAGE. THE CREW OF THREE AND 8 PASSENGERS ONBOARD WERE NOT INJURED. RESEARCH REVEALED THAT 51 A.C. GENERATOR FAILURES OR MALFUNCTIONS HAD BEEN DOCUMENTED FOR THE SAAB 340 AIRCRAFT WITHIN THE PRECEDING 24 MONTHS.

Probable Cause: Occurrence #1: AIRFRAME/COMPONENT/SYSTEM FAILURE/MALFUNCTION
Phase of Operation: CRUISE - NORMAL

Findings
1. (C) ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,GENERATOR - FAILURE,TOTAL
2. (F) ELECTRICAL SYSTEM,GENERATOR - FIRE
3. (C) INADEQUATE QUALITY CONTROL - MANUFACTURER
4. PRECAUTIONARY LANDING - PERFORMED - PILOT IN COMMAND

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: MKC89IA012
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Download report: Final report

Sources:

NTSB

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