Aviation Photo #0696016 Fairchild Swearingen SA-226TC Metro II - Wings West Airlines

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Seen over the numbers landing runway 25L from SMX. Built in early 1981. Delivery date was in March 1981. Other serials - XA-SER with Aero Cuahonte, C-GJWM with Perimeter Airlines & Tempus Air, N139WW with Servicios Aereo Leo Lopez, and also N18RA with Rio Airways. Had an incident on August 27, 1985 involving her propeller separating from the shank at FAT (Fresno). Wears FN 139 with Wings West Airlines.
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    Frank C. Duarte Jr.
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9 years ago
Wow..This picture brought back some memories. Dont even know how I ended up on this page.. Flying the Metro was serious business, it was an airplane that DEMANDED respect and attention for its speed as it had only TWO speeds.."On or Off" because of from its aerodynamic complexities

I was the Captain on this aircraft's ill fated flight back in Aug, 1985 over FAT. 139WW did us and Ed Swearingen proud that day and remained intact long enough for us to land safely, dead stick, zero flaps, airframe seriously damaged by #2 engine barely hanging, turned and twisted from its mounts when the propeller let go and a 6 foot diameter hole in the fuselage side where the right engine torqued off the wing and its mounts and chewed thru the fuselage and partially climbed into the passenger cabin with an ensuing instantaneous explosive decompression.....The aircraft sustained other serious damage to the empennage, and right wing,and seriously injuring 3 of the passengers... In this condition, the aircraft was uncontrollable below 210knots.

For 23 yrs I HATED that airplane, now as the time has passed...I'm VERY grateful for Swearingen Aircraft and their safety designs, if it werent for the strength of that design, the events of that day could have and probably should have been disastrously different

Tonight I will hoist yet another toast to Fairchild Swearingen for the venerable "Death Tube", as the pilots who flew it back then used to call it, and of course, to my First Officer who showed great aviator skills and tremendous courage on that terrifying, hot summer day.
6 years ago
Thanks Captain for sharing and recount of that day. I enjoyed photographing N139WW that day. Cheers to you & 1st Officer!

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