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Swearingen SA226-T Merlin IIIB, N36LC: Accident occurred May 05, 2022 at Centennial Airport (KAPA), Englewood, Arapahoe County, Colorado

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado


Location: Denver, Colorado 
Accident Number: CEN22LA195
Date and Time: May 5, 2022, 21:10 Local 
Registration: N36LC
Aircraft: Swearingen SA226-T(B) 
Injuries: 2 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Positioning

On May 5, 2022, about 2110 mountain daylight time, a Swearingen SA226-T(B), N36LC, was substantially damaged when it was involved in an accident at Centennial Airport (APA), Denver, Colorado. The captain and first officer were not injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 positioning flight.

After six passengers disembarked at Central Nebraska Regional Airport (GRI), Grand Island, Nebraska, the captain and first officer departed from GRI without passengers about 1943. During the takeoff roll, the captain reported the airplane accelerated slower than normal and he “pushed the parking brake handle down again”. The takeoff was continued and no anomalies were reported on the departure or enroute to APA.

During the landing at APA, the airplane swerved right and the captain was not able to maintain directional control. The airplane departed the right side of the runway, which resulted in substantial damage to the right wing. The airplane was retained for examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Swearingen 
Registration: N36LC
Model/Series: SA226-T(B)
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built:
Operating Certificate(s) Held: On-demand air taxi (135)
Operator Designator Code: F9AA

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Night
Observation Facility, Elevation: KAPA,5870 ft msl 
Observation Time: 20:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 14°C /3°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 11000 ft AGL
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 7 knots / , 90°
Lowest Ceiling: 
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.69 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Grand Island, NE (GRI) 
Destination: Denver, CO (APA)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 2 None
Latitude, Longitude: 39.565916,-104.84878 (est)

South Metro Fire Rescue is on scene of a Swearingen SA226-T Merlin IIIB off the runway at Centennial Airport. The plane was landing when the incident occurred. Two people were on board with no injuries. HazMat enroute for minor fuel leak. FAA and NTSB will investigate.

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