NTSB Identification: DCA98RA056
Accident occurred Thursday, June 18, 1998 in MONTREAL, Canada
Aircraft: Swearingen METRO II, registration:
Injuries: 13 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On June 18, 1998, at 0728 local time, PropAir Inc. flight Pro 420, a Swearingen II, Metroliner SA226TC, C-GQAL, crashed at Mirabel Airport, Montreal, Quebec, after departing Dorval Airport, Montreal en route to Peterborough, Toronto. PropAir is a charter operator from of Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec and is reported to have been in business since 1936. Initial reports indicate that the pilot declared an emergency because of a hydraulic failure and smoke in the cockpit. The pilot performed an in-flight shutdown of the left engine and an initial an emergency descent. Weather at the time of the accident is reported to have been low clouds and limited visibility. After declaring the emergency, ATC vector the airplane to Mirable as the closest airport.

The airplane crash on near the runway at the Mirabel airport and the 2 flight crew members and 11 passengers were killed. The airplane was destroyed by fire. There are conflicting reports of an explosion, with some witnesses reporting an in-flight explosion and others are reporting an explosion on impact. The metro II is a 19 passenger commuter type airplane power by two Allied Signal TPE331engines.

The accident is being investigated by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada

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