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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 8 January 1982
Time:20:52
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III
Operator:Crossair
Registration: HB-LNB
C/n / msn: AC-470
First flight: 1981
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 15
Airplane damage: Minor
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH) (   Switzerland)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Nürnberg Airport (NUE/EDDN), Germany
Destination airport:Zürich-Kloten Airport (ZRH/LSZH), Switzerland
Flightnumber:LX597
Narrative:
The aircraft ran off the left side of runway 14 during landing, damaging the front gear, the front fuselage and propeller. All occupants escaped uninjured.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE (translated from German):
The accident was due to a fault in the nose landing gear system, ie by a
- Poor design and / or
- Manufacturing defects and / or
- Impurities in the hydraulic system
which caused incorrect position of the mode valve.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: BFU Switzerlnd
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 5 months
Accident number: Nr. 1066
Download report: Final report

Classification:
Runway excursion

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Distance from Nürnberg Airport to Zürich-Kloten Airport as the crow flies is 291 km (182 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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