Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Fairchild Dornier SA-227AC Metro III Expediter, N681TR: Accident occurred July 27, 2019 at El Paso International Airport (KELP), Texas

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Albuquerque, New Mexico

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf


Location: El Paso, TX
Accident Number: CEN19LA246
Date & Time: 07/27/2019, 0535 MDT
Registration: N681TR
Aircraft: SWEARINGEN SA227
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Instructional

On July 27, 2019, about 0535 mountain daylight time, a Fairchild/Swearingen SA227-AC airplane, N681TR, was substantially damaged during a runway excursion at the El Paso International Airport (ELP), El Paso, Texas. The pilot, co-pilot, and observer were not injured. The airplane was registered to Sierra West Airlines, Inc. and operated by Pak West Airline dba Sierra West Airlines as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as instructional flight. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and the flight was not operated on a flight plan. The local flight originated from ELP about 0430.

The flight crew was unable to retract the landing gear after takeoff and received indications of a hydraulic system failure. Unable to lower the landing gear, the left main landing gear subsequently collapsed during landing. The airplane departed the runway pavement and encountered an airport sign. The outboard left wing contacted the ground when the gear collapsed. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: SWEARINGEN
Registration: N681TR
Model/Series: SA227 AC
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: Pak West Airlines
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Commuter Air Carrier (135)
Operator Does Business As: Sierra West Airlines
Operator Designator Code: VPOA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: ELP, 3962 ft msl
Observation Time: 0541 MDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 26°C / 7°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Scattered / 6000 ft agl
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 90°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 11000 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.13 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Departure Point: El Paso, TX (ELP)
Destination: El Paso, TX (ELP)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 3 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude: 31.807222, -106.376389 (est)

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