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Last updated: 18 January 2022
Fecha:martes 25 agosto 1992
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III
Operador:Lone Star Airlines
Registración: N342AE
Numéro de série: AC-545
Año de Construcción: 1983
Horas Totales de la Célula:19889
Motores: 2 Garrett TPE331-611
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 3 / Ocupantes: 3
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 3 / Ocupantes: 3
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:ca 1 km SE of Hot Springs-Memorial Field, AR (HOT) (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: Ascenso Inicial (ICL)
Aeropuerto de Salida:Hot Springs-Memorial Field, AR (HOT/KHOT), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Hot Springs-Memorial Field, AR (HOT/KHOT), Estados Unidos de América
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:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Accident number: FTW92FA218
Download report: Summary report

» Flight International 2-8 September 1992 (17)
» ICAO Adrep Summary 5/94 (#54)


photo of Swearingen-SA227-AC-Metro-III-N342AE
accident date: 25-08-1992
type: Swearingen SA227-AC Metro III
registration: N342AE


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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