Sunday, January 08, 2012

Pilatus PC-12/45, VT-ACF: Accident occurred on May 25, 2011 in Faridabad, India

The probe panel set up for the Faridabad crash of a Pilatus aircraft has attributed the “probable cause” of accident to weather-related phenomenon.

The air ambulance, which had seven on board including a terminally ill teenager, crashed 14,000 feet on a two-storey house in a residential colony in Faridabad. All seven were killed in the crash, which also resulted in the death of three others on the ground on May 25. At the time of the crash, the aircraft was 25 nautical miles away from its destination — Delhi airport. Reports said the plane encountered updraft and downdraft, resulting in disorientation of the two-member cockpit crew, who lost control.

Over the next two minutes, the aircraft spiraled downward, with an “unusually high rate of descent” varying between 6,000 and 12,000 feet per minute.

Right before the nine-seater Pilatus PC-12 entered bad weather, the report points towards delay on part of flight crew in diverting from winds and Air Traffic Controller’s (ATC) failure in providing the local weather, said a source.


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