ASN Aircraft accident Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II N505LB Wilmington-New Hanover County Airport, NC (ILM)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
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
Operator:Air-Lift Commuter
Registration: N505LB
MSN: TC-202
First flight: 1972
Total airframe hrs:7667
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-3UW
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Wilmington-New Hanover County Airport, NC (ILM) (   United States of America)
Crash site elevation: 10 m (33 feet) amsl
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Wilmington-New Hanover County Airport, NC (ILM/KILM), United States of America
Destination airport:Lumberton Airport, NC (LBT/KLBT), United States of America
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.

Probable Cause:

"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
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 4 months
Accident number: ATL87FA123
Download report: Summary report

» Aviation Letter 247
» ICAO Adrep Summary 5/89 (#189)


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Distance from Wilmington-New Hanover County Airport, NC to Lumberton Airport, NC as the crow flies is 112 km (70 miles).

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