Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Pilatus PC-12-47E , N1220A: Accident occurred September 14, 2020 at Lake County Airport (KLKV), Lakeview, Oregon

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

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

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Portland, Oregon


Location: Lake Abert, OR
Accident Number: WPR20LA324
Date & Time: September 14, 2020, 19:30 Local 
Registration: N1220A
Aircraft: Pilatus Aircraft PC-12/47E 
Injuries: 3 None
Flight Conducted Under:

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Pilatus Aircraft
Registration: N1220A
Model/Series: PC-12/47E 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC
Condition of Light: Dusk
Observation Facility, Elevation: LKV,4734 ft msl
Observation Time: 19:53 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 32 Nautical Miles 
Temperature/Dew Point: 17°C /0°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 6 knots / , 110°
Lowest Ceiling: None 
Visibility: 7 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.15 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed:
Departure Point: Lake Abert, OR 

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 None 
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: 2 None 
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: 
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 3 None 
Latitude, Longitude: 42.661111,120.229722 (est)


  1. Replies
    1. Might be some Darwin Award material.

    2. The dirt strip is roughly 2400 feet , short for PC12 ? This guy also has a mansion in Cabo , a Zillon dollar house on the Frisco bay , Huge farm in Oregon . Hmmmm , I wonder if the ... ??

  2. (How in the world?)
    Truck was probably where it should not have been (on the runway) -- just a wild guess.

  3. Maybe was operating off a road, no airport there.

    1. Airplane was operating out of a private airstrip along Hwy 395 Lake Abert, Oregon

  4. Replies
    1. Makes sense. Presumably, "on takeoff roll" means no liftoff, so the truck would be between the edges of the runway surface and displaced partway from one end of the strip.

      Looking at the map view linked in the earlier comment, you have to wonder why a truck would be at mid-field. Hope it wasn't another Go-pro induced mistake.

  5. There's nothing there in that entire area. Who owns a PC-12 and a private strip in the middle of nowhere?

    1. Its owned by an individual who lives in the San Francisco area. I think he purchased the ranch around 2000.
      Here's a link to the to the Lake County Planning Commission minuets from Sept. 2016 for the approval of the airstrip. (See Item # 2)
      So...There's your answer.

    2. this guy should not be flying , plus that ranch takes all the water from lake abert , its going dry , 2 strikes and your OUT !!