A Fairchild Metroliner crashed in fog at Cork Airport in Ireland today, killing six people and injuring six more. There were 10 passengers and two pilots on board the 19-seat twin turboprop when it made its third attempt to land, having previously made two go-arounds on a flight from Belfast City Airport in Northern Ireland.
Fairchild Swearingen Metroliner
Elbit Systems of America has completed its $85 million purchase of San Antonio, Texas-based aircraft services provider M7 Aerospace. The company, which provides aerostructure manufacturing and MRO capabilities, is also the current type certificate holder for the former Fairchild Metro and Merlin turboprops.
Ruag Aerospace plans to deliver its first new-build 19-seat Dornier 228 New Generation to a still-unidentified Japanese commuter airline at the end of September. The Switzerland-based group is one of two companies to recently re-introduce a vintage 19-seat unpressurized turboprop to the regional airline and utility market.
Switzerland’s Ruag Aerospace plans to deliver its first new-build 19-seat Dornier Do-228 New Generation to an as yet unidentified Japanese commuter airline at the end of September, Ruag Aerospace Services sales director Hubert Seher told AIN at the Regional Airline Association Convention in Milwaukee in late May.
An Embraer Brasilia operated by Darwin, Australia-based regional airline Airnorth crashed during a training flight this morning at around 10 a.m. local time, killing the two pilots at the controls. The 30-seat turboprop, used in both scheduled and charter passenger service, reportedly crashed soon after takeoff from the RAAF base Darwin, which shares its runway with Darwin International Airport.
Fairchild (M7 Aerospace is the current TC holder) Metro III, Somerset, Ky., Jan. 2, 2010–The twin turboprop was substantially damaged after it skidded off the runway, went down an embankment and hit the airport boundary fence. According to the pilot, the aircraft’s nosewheel locked during the landing roll, causing the aircraft to veer to the right. The pilot applied full left rudder, but he was unable to regain control.
M7 Aerospace, the company that took control of the U.S. assets of Fairchild Dornier some four months ago, has seen a steady flow of Fairchild Metroliner repair and overhaul work since the FAA granted its repair station certification for the type on June 3. But, as CEO Harold “Mac” Williams related, the company’s aspirations extend far beyond offering support for the 700 or so Metros flying around the world.
A chartered Fairchild Metro on a safari flight crashed on Mt. Kenya on July 19, killing both pilots and all 12 passengers. The South African-registered twin turboprop had left from Nairobi/Wilson Airport at about 3:48 p.m., en route to Buffalo Springs National Reserve, and crashed at the mountain’s 16,000-foot level in cloudy conditions just before sunset. A flight plan had allowed for an aerial sightseeing tour of Mt.
Swearingen SA-227AC Metro III, Bundeena, Australia, April 9, 2008–The Avtex Air Services Metro cargo flight crashed into the sea after the pilot reported having a minor technical problem. The airplane had turned on departure contrary to ATC instruction.
Hartzell has introduced a four-bladed aluminum propeller conversion for the Fairchild Metro II that the company said reduces sound levels by 10 to 12 dBA, providing a quieter cabin and lower external noise. The diameter of the new prop system is reduced by five inches from that of the original three-blade system. An “advanced airfoil configuration” was also applied to the new blades, said Hartzell.
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