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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 17 December 1987
Time:19:36
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
Operator:AVAir
Registration: N23AZ
C/n / msn: TC-260
First flight: 1978
Total airframe hrs:12820
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-10UA-5
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Washington-Dulles International Airport, DC (IAD) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), United States of America
Destination airport:Washington-Dulles International Airport, DC (IAD/KIAD), United States of America
Narrative:
A forced landing in a field was made after both engines failed in icing conditions. The left gear collapsed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
"In-flight planning/decision ..Improper ..Pilot in command
Anti-ice/deice system ..Not used ..Pilot in command
Inadequate initial training ..Check pilot
Inadequate certification/approval - Airman ..Company/operator management"

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 293 days (10 months)
Accident number: BFO88FA010
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Icing
All engine powerloss
Forced landing outside airport

Sources:
» ICAO Adrep Summary 5/89 (#190)
» NTSB


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Distance from Newark International Airport, NJ to Washington-Dulles International Airport, DC as the crow flies is 339 km (212 miles).

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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