Thursday, April 04, 2019

Pilatus PC-12/45, personal flight conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91, N944BT: Accident occurred March 24, 2019 near Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miramar, Florida

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board:

Accident Number: ERA19LA137
Date & Time: 03/24/2019, 1101 EDT
Registration: N944BT
Aircraft: Pilatus PC12
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

On March 24, 2019, about 1101 eastern daylight time, a Pilatus PC-12/45, N944BT, was substantially damaged when the pilot's windshield shattered while flying near Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The commercial pilot and two passengers were not injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and an instrument flight plan was filed for the flight that originated from the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and was destined for Moore-Murrell Airport (MOR), Morristown, Tennessee. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

According to the pilot, he was climbing through 20,000 ft when he heard a loud bang and the pilot side windshield shattered. He immediately notified air traffic control that he was returning to FXE and needed descend. After landing uneventfully, he examined the windshield and noticed that the seal was extruded in two places around the outer pane.

Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector revealed that the pilot's side windshield was shattered and still attached to the airplane. The bottom left corner and upper corner of the windshield were pushed outward, and the seal around the windshield was torn. The lower left heating element was burnt.

The pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for airplane single-engine land, single-engine sea, and multi-engine land. His most-recent FAA third-class medical certificate was issued on November 15, 2017. He reported 9,000 total hours of flight experience of which 2,600 hours were in the PC-12.

The airplane was manufactured in 2002. It was powered by a Pratt and Whitney PT6A-67, 1,250-horsepower engine, equipped with a four-bladed Hartzell propeller.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Pilatus
Registration: N944BT
Model/Series: PC12 45
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: FXE, 14 ft msl
Observation Time: 1100 EDT
Distance from Accident Site: 8 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: Calm / ,
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility:  10 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.1 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Fort Lauderdale, FL (FXE)
Destination: Morristown, TN (KMOR) 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None
Latitude, Longitude:  26.071389, -80.141667

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