Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Pilatus PC-12/45, N601HT: Fatal accident occurred January 03, 2022 at Northern Colorado Regional Airport (KFNL), Fort Collins, Larimer County, Colorado

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Denver, Colorado

Aircraft taxied for departure and pilot became ill while on the runway and transported to a local hospital.

CIGI Direct Insurance Services Inc 
Consumer Insurance Services Inc 
Consumer Insurance Group Inc

Date: 03-JAN-22
Time: 20:35:00Z
Regis#: N601HT
Aircraft Make: PILATUS
Aircraft Model: PC12
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: FATAL
Total Fatal: 1
Flight Crew 1 fatal
Pax 1 no injuries
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAXI (TXI)
Operation: 91

Those who may have information that might be relevant to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation may contact them by email witness@ntsb.gov, and any friends and family who want to contact investigators about the accident should email assistance@ntsb.gov. You can also call the NTSB Response Operations Center at 844-373-9922 or 202-314-6290.


  1. This is a charter company owned aircraft:


    RIP to the pilot. With one PAX on board I wonder if he/she was in the cockpit right seat. Or if said PAX had any flight experience had the pilot become incapacitated during flight at some point. I shudder to think of the outcome had it happened right after takeoff and the PAX was either not a rated pilot in the right front seat or sitting comfortably back in the cabin.

  2. Interesting to classify what happened as an accident...

    1. Aircraft accident means an occurrence associated with the operation of an aircraft which takes place between the time any person boards the aircraft with the intention of flight and all such persons have disembarked, and in which any person suffers death or serious injury, or in which the aircraft receives substantial damage.

    2. Yeah. The intent of the criteria for "accident" designation makes sense, but this instance is certainly a fluke.

  3. I'm a radio scanner enthusiast and heard the page go out for an aircraft emergency at 13:34 MDT. Units that arrived were Tower 46, Battalion 41, Paramedics 329 and 351, and Aircraft Rescue 44. Wanting to know what it was all about, I downloaded the archive audio from liveatc.net. The audio archive is at time Jan, 3 20:00 near the end. I think the pilot can be heard. Tower can be heard asking the plane if he was okay. The response sounded like, "slipped a little bit." Seems like both the ground and tower Comms are in the same audio file.

    My condolences to the family and those who knew the pilot. Really sucks to hear of these things.

  4. Does anyone know the name of the pilot that passed away?

    1. William Schwarz


    2. That obit lists Salida, Colorado, leading to a likely Airmen Registry match for William Christian Schwarz, ATP/Comm pilot, instructor, mechanic.

  5. Not this PC-12, but did anyone ever see the final report on the PC-12 that crashed at 9v9 in South Dakota in Nov 2019? it has been over 2 years since that crash took the lives of 9 people and no updates...

    1. still no factual or docket out yet.

    2. Investigation ahead of the preliminary revealed a great deal about the N56KJ crash. Would be interesting to know whether they reached the high t-tail and cleaned off accumulation on top of it during their efforts. Plenty of lesson learned takeaways in what is already known.

    3. suspect folks in high political places have deep-six this investigation and outcome... zero coverage from the media after extensive early coverage!

    4. Time to turn in your license and buy a lottery ticket. Very, very lucky.