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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 25 August 1992
Time:05:15
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III
Operator:Lone Star Airlines
Registration: N342AE
C/n / msn: AC-545
First flight: 1983
Total airframe hrs:19889
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-611
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:ca 1 km SE of Hot Springs-Memorial Field, AR (HOT) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Hot Springs-Memorial Field, AR (HOT/KHOT), United States of America
Destination airport:Hot Springs-Memorial Field, AR (HOT/KHOT), United States of America
Narrative:
The Metro III had undergone a mandatory replacement of all primary flight control cables (Airworthiness Directive 87-02-02) and had been prepared for a test flight. The aircraft lifted off, started a right roll and crashed. A half turn in the rooting of the control cable was omitted on both control columns, causing the ailerons to operate in reverse.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Inadequate maintenance and inspection by the operator's maintenance personnel, and the failure of the pilot-in-command to assure proper travel direction of the airplane's primary flight controls after being made aware of the nature of the maintenance performed. "

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Accident number: FTW92FA218
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Wrong installation of parts

Loss of control

Sources:
» Flight International 2-8.9.92(17)
» ICAO Adrep Summary 5/94 (#54)
» NTSB


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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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